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Diocesan School for Girls Clyde Street, Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand Private Bag 99939, Newmarket 1149 P. 09 520 0221 F. 09 520 6778 E.


Ms Heather McRae


Reverend Sandy Robertson


Reverend Bryan Haggitt


Mrs Margaret van Meeuwen


Mrs Dian Fisher Mr Simon Walker


Mrs Kate Burkin


Mrs Suzanne Brewin


Mrs Amy Thompson


Mr Paul McDowell-Hook


Mrs Rachel Gardiner


Mrs Jocelyn Anso


Mrs Kate Jones


Zoe Tinkler


Olivia Couillault



LEADING 02 From the Principal 07 Heritage Foundation 12 Women2Watch Awards

“We remember and give thanks for all those who, over the last 115 years, have continued the work of our Founders, growing and resourcing our School so that we may enjoy everything it has to offer today. “God of Grace, help us to cherish the legacy we have received so that we may be a positive presence in our School and together continue in the tradition of a loving community.” From a prayer said at Founders’ Day assembly, 30 October 2018

DIO TODAY is produced through the Marketing Office of Diocesan School for Girls and is designed by Anna Taylor ( and published by Image Centre Group. For information about this publication, contact the Editor, Liz McKay E. / Old Girls’ liaison and proofreading, Deirdre Coleman E. / Commissioned photography by Nicola Topping, Real Image (


AUCKLAND - 80 Parnell Rd, 09 303 4151 CHRISTCHURCH - 121 Blenheim Rd, 03 343 0876 QUEENSTOWN - 313 Hawthorne Dr, 03 441 2363

COVER: Diocesan School for Girls’ 2018 Sportswoman of the Year, swimmer Gina Galloway. Photo: Nicola Topping, Real Image

LEARNING 14 Senior Prize Giving 20 Time travellers 28 Bioethics Dinner 32 Junior School

EDITORIAL As I write this editorial, it is Melbourne Cup Day when, for a short time, everything stands still – even here in New Zealand. None of the jockeys and horses lining up in the starting gates is there to lose, and the anticipation around who will win is almost palpable.


While preparing the results of the award winners for Senior Prize Giving, the Arts Awards and the Sports Awards for this issue of Dio Today, I thought about the ‘also rans’ – those who, possibly despite their very best efforts, have been pipped at the post, or have stumbled on the course.

38 Chaplaincy 41 Performing Arts 57 Sport 68 Parents & Friends of Dio

LIFELONG FRIENDS 71 President’s column 72 Alumnae news 74 Innes House 78 Senior Old Girls’ Morning Tea

It is a fact of life that there will always be those who are better at things than we are, and accepting this can be hard. However, we all have something we’re good at, some area in which we shine. It may be something not related to school – a palate that instinctively knows what flavours work together or what a dish is ‘missing’, a way with animals that engenders trust, green fingers that work magic with plants... At a School assembly in September, Head of Senior School Margaret van Meeuwen said: “At school level we should never forget that the fundamental reason for offering a wide co-curricular programme is to encourage fun, cooperation, making friends, building team skills, and learning to both win and lose with dignity, fair play, determination and commitment. These are life skills, and while we all go out to do our best, to win, to prevail – there wouldn’t be much point of putting in all that work if we didn’t want to achieve at the highest level – we must remember the rewards of competition are so much more than the end result.” I wish our readers a blessed, happy and safe Christmas and holiday season, and look forward to the New Year. Liz McKay, Editor




Senior Prize Giving Speech

Futures Thinking

Nau mai ki tenei whakanui o te akoranga – welcome to this wonderful celebration of learning.

multiple methods, theories, and findings to help people think constructively about the future.

are being assessed as abnormal or pathological, thus overwhelming mental health systems.

I am sure many parents will remember a movie made well before the Diocesan girls were born. The Back to the Future trilogy included a fictional character Doc Brown who was the inventor of a time machine built from a DeLorean sports car. The essence of the story involves going back in time to make sure that Marty McFly’s parents meet so that Marty will exist in the future. The moral was that small actions in life can and will make a difference to your future. Right now, all futures are possible. Doc Brown famously said: “Your future hasn’t been written yet. No one’s has. Your future is what you make it so make it a good one.”

Adopting a Futures Thinking approach at Diocesan is timely when the experiences of our young people moving into adulthood are very different from ours. Internet and mobile technologies enable new forms of interaction, ranging from useful positive developments in education and communication, to cyber-bullying and ‘sexting’. The ease of using the internet and mobile phones amplifies the nature of peer pressure due to their ‘always on’ presence. These technologies undermine censorship laws enabling young people access to explicit sexual, violent or drug-related content that was previously subject to age-appropriate restrictions. The visual nature of the Internet further increases exposure to idealised body types and lives that all appear selfie picture perfect.

What’s wrong here is that these things are really within our control, but our young people feel entrapped and addicted to the ongoing stimulation. Normal life therefore seems stressful and out of control. As adults, we know our lives and experiences frequently do not go as we want. But this isn’t a psychiatric problem – it’s life. What we can do is empower our young people to think about a new future with fresh eyes. As Marcel Proust says: “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” We have therefore implemented Futures Thinking into our leadership programme at Diocesan to help our young women take control of their lives.

The relevance of movies like this, Dr Who and The Terminator, are fantasies where we imagine using the fourth dimension of time moving ahead or back to change our destiny. While we have not yet found a DeLorean, a terminator or a tardis (although the new arts auditorium has potential), we can get better at creating our own future, and futures that may have a far more positive impact on the world. As we know, the future is not predetermined, however there may be many alternative futures that can be identified. ‘Futures Thinking’ is a method for informed reflection on the major changes that will occur in the next 10, 20 or more years in all areas of social life, including education. Futures Thinking uses



Our young people feel stressed and anxious because of this constant exposure and it causes the well-known term ‘fear of missing out’. FOMO is a pervasive apprehension that others might be having more rewarding experiences from which one is absent. More and more children are caught up in this online anxiety, perfection, oversharing and losing their sense of identity, and sometimes their pride. Some children and young people are being classified with mental health issues because their normal emotions and experiences of growing up

Nick Burnett, Director of FutureWe says that “future outcomes can be influenced by our choices in the present”. This means that we can influence the shape of the future by the choices we make, our actions (or inaction) in the present. As we know, choices have consequences, so they need to be informed decisions and made with knowledge, wisdom, care and moral imperative. In our day when we decided to try cigarettes and alcohol, and break the sound barrier in cars, all those things bore consequences, and some of my friends aren’t with us today. Much like #BadForYou, we learned from ours and others’ mistakes because life is just not perfect.


“We want to see every one of you thrive, embrace life’s difficulties and know that you can use today to create a better future.”

Principal Heather McRae with NCEA Dux Conor Tarrant (left) and IB Dux Joy Kang (right) at Senior Prize Giving

As life progresses in an era of exponential change, it is hard to see what is about to happen from our linear view of the world. In our Futures Thinking programme we will examine the impact of blockchain versus quantum computing, artificial intelligence, robotics, 4D printing, brain computer interfaces, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Each with the ability to massively impact the economic framework of our country. Jonathan Nalder, founder of FutureWe says: “The only way to ensure today’s leaders and learners can thrive through the Great

Displacement is if they know how to dream up their own jobs, roles and vocations.” Futures Thinking models will help our young women examine the human and emotional impact of exponential technologies on the world of work, education and society in a holistic way, thus helping them scope the intended and unintended consequences. This will be enormously helpful if humans are to thrive in a sustainable environment.

and what we might do to influence the future we wish to bring about. JK Rowling says: “We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already; we have the power to imagine better.” We want to see every one of you thrive, embrace life’s difficulties and know that you can use today to create a better future. As Doc Brown says, let’s make it a good one.

We will continue at Diocesan to help our young women explore what might be,

Ko tenei te mihi aroha ki a koutou This is my greeting of love to you. Ut Serviamus!

References: Burnett, N and Dr. Turner, D (2018) Leadership in a Time of Change – AEL 40 Issue 3, pages 52-55.

Heather McRae, Principal DIO TODAY


TOP SPORT ROLE Diocesan Old Girl and former Black Stick Katie Glynn has taken up the top sport role at Dio. Katie is one of New Zealand’s top sportswomen, having represented New Zealand as part of the New Zealand Women’s Black Sticks Hockey team, playing 134 games and attending the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, two World Cups and the 2012 London Olympics. Debuting in the Black Sticks in 2009, Katie scored a remarkable 77 goals throughout her career, making her New Zealand’s second highest female goal scorer of all time. Now Diocesan School is benefitting from her experience as a top tier sportswoman. An Old Girl of Dio, Katie returned as sports manager in 2014 and has recently been appointed to the role of Director of Sport. This sees her providing direction for sport at Diocesan and overseeing a department of 11 sports managers who run more than 32 sports programmes across the School. With a school roll of approximately 1450 students and an 80% participation rate in sport, this is a significant programme to manage. Katie has fond memories of her school days at Dio and says she was incredibly lucky to have great support and coaching both on and off the field. She now wants to use her experiences and knowledge to help give back to kids today through sport. “I really enjoy working with kids and there are so many great skills and lessons that sport can teach us that we can use in many areas of life. Sport taught me how to be resilient, how to work as part of a team, how to set goals and cope with setbacks, and it has also helped me develop many great friendships that will last a lifetime,” says Katie. She says watching students grow and develop has been one of the highlights of her time at Dio so far. “It is very rewarding to see them progress through school, achieve their goals, and go on to do some outstanding things outside 4


of school. There are a lot of challenges teenagers face these days, and to help mentor and support them is something I really enjoy. One of my students, who I coached here in my first couple of years, went on to debut for the New Zealand Women’s Black Sticks team in her final year of school and that was a very special thing for me to see and feel part of.” Katie believes there are not enough females leading the way in coaching or

management in sport and sees the role of Director of Sport as an opportunity to help some of Dio’s amazing female students achieve their goals. “I have a great opportunity here to lead the sports programme at a fantastic school and to help some of our amazing female students achieve their goals. I am really looking forward to providing all our students with a great and enjoyable sporting experience.”


Woolf Fisher travel scholarship for Nina Blumenfeld Nina Blumenfeld, history teacher and Director of the Centre for Ethics at the School, has been awarded a Woolf Fisher Travel Scholarship to recognise her excellence in the teaching of history. Nina’s scholarship allows her to travel anywhere she chooses to further her historical knowledge and interest. Nina has engaged and inspired history students at Diocesan for 18 years and has ably led her department as Teacher in Charge of History since 2011. She is a passionate teacher dedicated to student-centred learning. Her teaching approaches are highly respected by the wider history teaching community with whom she regularly shares resources and lends her support. They are also valued not only by her department and

faculty, but also by her colleagues, the Diocesan teaching staff. Nina regularly has teachers observe her lessons to learn from the innovation she is currently applying. Nina ensures that the history students are excited about their learning whether they are out in the field studying the battle sites of the New Zealand Wars, attending university lectures or entering into the past imaginatively by learning ‘80s style dancing or dressing up for Victorian high tea. Nina also organises and leads the bi-annual history trip which, in 2012, went to Vietnam and China and in 2014 visited France, Belgium, Germany, Poland and Austria. This trip will take place again in 2019.

Year 13 student Madeleine Law and Nina Blumenfeld. In Year 13 this year, Madeleine was one of the highest achieving students in New Zealand in 2017. She won the Top Scholar in History Award while in Year 12. Madeleine believes she was able to do so well in the Scholarship History examination because of her genuine interest in everything she has been taught in history. She says that one of the most significant lessons she has learnt is how women fought to get where they are today and the importance of acknowledging that where we are today is due to the work of women in the past.

Nina’s outstanding teaching and superb leadership of the department has seen history attain consistently excellent academic results. One of the most important skills in history is the ability to engage with evidence. In 2017, 95% of Year 11 students gained Excellence or Merit for their NCEA research internal assessment;. 88% of them achieved at this level in essay writing in the external examination. In Scholarship alone, history received 10 Scholarships in 2013, 16 in 2014, 17 in 2016 and 13 in 2017. On two occasions, Diocesan history students came second in New Zealand and in 2017 Madeleine Law was the Top Scholar in the subject. We congratulate Nina on this prestigious award and wish her well wherever her travels take her. DIO TODAY



School leaders At Senior Prize Giving it was announced that the Head Prefect and Deputy Head Prefect for 2019 will be Katie Pearce and Jemma Couillault. Katie Pearce has been at Diocesan since Year 1 and in that time has contributed across many areas of the School. She is a valued member of the Hockey 1st XI, distance squad and duathlon teams. She is a Chapel server and reader, and this year has been a member of the Sports Council and the Kapa Haka group. Katie has a warm and welcoming manner and is looking forward to leading the Year 13 cohort to a great 2019. Jemma Couillault has succeeded her sister, Olivia, as the Deputy Head Prefect for 2019. She came to Dio in Year 7 and has made the most of all her opportunities. She is a member of the rowing squad, football and netball teams, and in 2018 has been a member of the School Events Council. She sings in the senior choir, plays in the Concert Band and participated in the Dio/Dilworth musical. Jemma is looking forward to working with Katie in 2019.

Zoe Tinkler and Katie Pearce

The Couillault sisters Jemma and Olivia


2018 Annual Report The Heritage Foundation was established in 2001 “for the purpose of advancing education by charitable means by providing financial and other assistance for the benefit of Diocesan School for Girls”.

The current trustees are Angela Anderson (Chair), Scott Carter, David Gibson, Sarah Giltrap, Peter Green. Glenn Joblin, Heather McRae, Jane Williams and Chris Yao. At the beginning of 2018, we farewelled Warren Couillault as a trustee. I would like to thank Warren for his leadership of the Grand Circle Campaign over the past four years. During 2018 we welcomed Scott Carter, Chris Yao and David Gibson as trustees. The Heritage Foundation has raised $17.1 million since its inception in 2001. To date it has distributed $9.3 million to the School, staff and students.

Funds received to date

$17.1 million

Funds distributed to date

$9.3 million

Net Funds as at 31 August 2018

$7.8 million

Angela Anderson

The Foundation’s investments are spread across separate funds with donations allocated according to a donor’s wishes. As at 31 August 2018, the breakdown was: Arts Centre Fund Note: $4 million transferred from Heritage Foundation to Diocesan School up to June 2018

$0.8 million

Centennial Fund

$3.6 million

Chapel Fund

$0.4 million

Dio Arts

$0.3 million

Dio Sport

$0.4 million

Student Scholarships (incl Endowments)

$1.8 million

Staff Scholarships

$0.5 million

Total Funds

$7.8 million

The Heritage Foundation has a moderate risk investment policy, meaning we have an asset allocation of up to 50% in investment-grade fixed-interest investments and up to 50% in growth assets. We tilt this asset allocation depending on current market conditions. This asset allocation allows us to achieve our short-term scholarship funding requirements while leaving the Centennial Fund (with its longterm focus) to grow. I would like to thank the Investment Committee comprising David Ballantyne, Peter Green, Geoff Laurence, Campbell Millar and myself, for their time and skill in managing the portfolio.



Gifting in 2018 The Heritage Foundation currently funds four girls with 50% of fees with academic scholarships for 7 years. It is our intention to grow the number of academic, sporting and musical scholarships as funds permit. In addition, in 2018 the Heritage Foundation gifted a one-off amount of $350,000 to the School. $200,000 was given to provide scholarships for students and $150,000 to assist in the building of the Arts Centre.

Heritage Foundation Grants awarded to students and staff in 2018:


Sienna French

Australian Gymnastics Championships – NZ Trampolining team

Shinae Carrington

Youth World Championships, Serbia – NZ Women’s Youth Water Polo team

Morgan McDowall

Youth World Championships, Serbia and World Championships, Russia – NZ Youth Water Polo team and NZ Women’s Water Polo team

Charlie Hooke

Youth World Championships, Serbia – NZ Women’s Youth Water Polo team

Claudia Morgan

Youth World Championships, Serbia – NZ Women’s Youth Water Polo team

Gina Galloway

Youth Olympic Games, Buenos Aires and Junior Pan Pacific Championships, Suva – NZ Youth Swimming team

Dio drama students

Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand University of Otago National Festival

St Cecilia Singers

Big Sing 2018

Diocesan Rowing Club

Australian Rowing conference for coaches

Angela Coe

Philanthropy conference, Chicago

Aimee Crosbie

NZ Swimming Under 15 team – State Championships Canberra

Mehernaz Pardiwalla

Cuskelly College of Music, Brisbane


Supporting the Heritage Foundation A number of groups support our School in a variety of ways, notably our principal sponsors Winger Motors, NZ Sotheby’s International Realty and Westpac. We thank you for your generous support. I would also like to thank Dio Arts (led by Stephanie van Leuven) and Dio Sport (led by Sarah Giltrap) for their continual support of the girls, both financially and practically, to achieve success in their chosen fields. A big thank you to the Development Office, ably led by Angela Coe. The Development Office runs efficiently and effectively. Angela, Aly Lubecker and Dennis Yu are a pleasure to work with and make our job so much easier! Nearly $8 million has been raised so far for the Arts Centre buildings. This is a fantastic effort by our community and we only have $1 million to go! Thank you to everyone who has given. If you would like to become a donor please contact Angela Coe or any of the trustees. Angela Anderson Chair Heritage Foundation


Thank you to Dio’s community groups

A huge thank you to Diocesan School’s community groups who have raised $725,000 for the Diocesan Arts Centre Grand Circle Campaign. The Diocesan Parents & Friends • Have presented their third and final pledge to the Arts Centre, bringing the total donated to the project to $300,000. • Over 20 years, P&F has donated over $1.4 million to School projects across the campus – a remarkable contribution. Thank you. The Diocesan Old Girls’ League • Have completed their donation to the Grand Circle campaign this year, totalling $100,000. Thank you. • In addition, the DSOGL provides scholarships valued at $75,000 per year for students. Dio Arts • $125,000 for the Arts Centre in 2016/2017 from the Dio Secret Art events. • A further $200,000 donated in 2018. Thank you. • In addition, $20,000 has been donated for grants, bursaries and prizes awarded annually.




The Diocesan Arts Centre campaign has reached $7.9M of the $9M target. The teaching building, opened in 2017, is enjoyed by students and staff across the performing arts. The 950-seat theatre under construction will open in May 2020.

The Performing Arts Centre will be an outstanding facility with benefits that will extend across the School and wider Auckland community. The purposedesigned building will become a place that opens up the exciting world of the performing arts; where the thrill of performance is matched by the excellence of a vibrant, attractive and modern venue.


Close the Gap 12%

290 Donors

$9M target

104 weeks of construction total

Now is the time to play your part

$7.96M raised 88%

THE PERFORMING ARTS AT DIO 73 dance, drama and music curriculum classes held per week

212 students per day have

65 hours per day

classes in the Arts Centre

of private lessons

Prestigious regional and national awards received in 2018




Choir, band & orchestra awards


Dance & drama awards




Grand Circle Campaign commenced with $2.5 million gifted

Chapel restoration completed


Phase 1 - construction of the teaching building

January 2017

Teaching building opened

Choir studio with Junior School choir

Chapel Courtyard/ Teaching building

June 2017

Chapel Garden completed

April 2018

Phase 2 The Auditorium construction started

October 2018

$7.9 million donated


Construction continues


Opening of the Diocesan Arts Centre Contact Angela Coe Director of Development on 09 520 9378



2018 W2W award recipients Emma Nolan and Roberta Thornley

Women 2Watch 2018 The W2W Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of Dio Old Girls under the age of 36. The 2018 winners are Roberta Thornley (Class of 2003) and Emma Nolan (Class of 2008) who were honoured in a full School assembly in late September.



Shifting focus Roberta Thornley is an artist who works in the photographic genres of landscape, portrait and still life. Only at Dio for her three senior years, Roberta was Deputy Head of Selwyn House in her final year. She made an impact on the hockey field and was vice captain when Dio won the Federation Cup. Roberta recalls her time at Dio as being dominated by hockey before and after school and in the weekends.

Having experienced significant learning difficulties growing up, Roberta took as many arts subjects as she could – the Art Department was her sanctuary. She also spent a lot of time in the Learning Centre, a place she loved. After leaving Dio, Roberta was accepted into Elam School of Fine Arts, delighted that she could continue to play hockey and make art. She became an U-18 and U-21 hockey representative, and joined the Black Sticks Development Squad. But at just

Roberta’s most recent body of work ‘A Serious Girl’ (2017) is a photographic series about a teenage Whanganui gymnast created for the Sarjeant Gallery. This year she has taken a series of photographs that will become her first book.

class of existing medications, RANK inhibitors, could potentially switch off cell growth and prevent breast cancer, providing a non-surgical option. The drug is now being tested in a global phase three clinical trial involving nearly 10,000 women.

Searching for a cure

After three and a half years focusing on painting and sculpture, Roberta switched to photography in her final semester and, to the horror of her lecturers, decided on an allphotography show for her graduate exhibition. It was a big move but it paid off. Tim Melville of Tim Melville Galleries came to the exhibition, was transfixed by her work and has represented her ever since. Six months after graduation, Roberta had the first of 11 solo shows at his gallery.

Emma Nolan is a medical scientist and researcher who did her entire 13 years of schooling at Dio. In her senior years Emma studied biology, chemistry and physics; she loved sport, and played hockey and the trumpet. A successful academic, Emma planned to train as a doctor then become a surgeon. She studied Health Science at Otago University and was accepted into medical school.

“To know that my research may help a significant number of women is the most rewarding feeling in the world,” says Emma.

In 2011, Roberta was the inaugural recipient of the Auckland Festival of Photography Annual Commission. In the winter 2011 issue of Art News New Zealand Virginia Were wrote: “Whether turning her lens on the forgotten objects of the everyday world or young people emerging from their teens into adulthood, Roberta Thornley makes potent images that seem to glow with life and make you look twice.” In 2015 Roberta spent six months in Rwanda taking photographs. In 2017 she received the Marti Friedlander Photography Award from the Arts Foundation. She has taken part in 32 group shows and her works are held in private and public collections. Roberta now lives in Whanganui, a place she loves, after being awarded a residency in 2014 at Tylee Cottage with the Sarjeant Gallery. She is inspired by, and is following in the footsteps of, other photographic artists passionate about landscape, portrait and still-life photography. “These days you’ll find me behind the camera, in a field with gumboots on with horses, up a mountain, waist deep in water with my camera above my head, you name it. I’m incredibly adventurous at times,” she says.

“Everything was going according to the plan I had in my head,” she says. But as Emma started med school she knew that something wasn’t right. “It was supposed to be everything I wanted and yet I felt very strongly that it wasn’t the right fit or me. This was quite terrifying. I was 19 years old and I had wanted to be a doctor my whole life.” Emma made a very tough call and withdrew from med school to enrol in a BSc and study biochemistry – a move she describes as the best decision she ever made. Emma admits to being both fascinated and terrified by cancer, and knew this was what she wanted to research. So, after graduating with First Class Honours, at the age of 22, she moved to Melbourne, the hub of cancer research in Australasia, and began work as a research assistant at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and the University of Melbourne. After a year there, she started her PhD and ended up staying another four years. Emma’s doctoral research analysed breast tissue donated by women with the faulty BRCA 1 gene. The carriers have an incredibly high chance (around 80%) of developing breast cancer. The aim was to work out how to stop them developing cancer. Emma was able to pinpoint culprit cells that are likely responsible for breast tumours and she and her colleagues discovered that a


22, she got injured and faced a long recovery. Always highly competitive, Roberta felt the rug had been torn from under her and was devastated. But she was determined to make the most of art school. “I discovered that life does have its own plan for you and sometimes you are confronted to make change, whether you want to or not,” she says.

In 2017 she won the Victorian Premiers Award for Health and Medical Research, and says her years in Melbourne were a fantastic experience. Emma is currently a postdoctoral training fellow at the Francis Crick Institute in London. This non-profit charity employs over 2000 people and is a world-leading centre of biomedical research and innovation. Emma’s research focuses on finding a cure for advanced (metastatic) breast cancer, where the patients have very low chances of survival. “Every day is different. I have flexibility and responsibility, and so much motivation when the outcome of my experiment could have a huge impact on the life of someone living with cancer.” Emma says she could never have imagined this was where she would be 10 years after leaving Dio. “Things will work out,” she told at girls at the W2W assembly. “Be brave, trust your instincts, be yourself – even if it seems terrifying. There are so many career paths you can take and you will find one that suits you.” Emma plans to return to Auckland and set up a cancer research institute. She hopes that one day some of the current Dio students might join her there. Our awardees’ approach to their lives and work is impressive. Both Roberta and Emma have adapted to life challenges and changes of direction, and responded by excelling in career paths they had not envisaged. Their pleasure in returning to Dio and in receiving their awards resonated with the assembly. They were inspirational. DIO TODAY



Senior Prize Giving

Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell Friday 2 November 2018, 6.30pm Listed below are some of the awards presented at Senior Prize Giving. A full list of all awards can be found on the School’s website

YEAR 11 SPECIAL AWARDS Presented by the Dean of Year 11, Tracey Cusdin. Amy Choi – The Win Lewis Lamp for Latin Elena Wood – National Art Supplies Award for Visual Arts Anna Casey and Zoe Zhu – Heritage Foundation Dio Arts Award Anna Casey – Arts Award Kim van den Hurk – Service Award Prue Fowler and Lena Jacob – Sports Award

YEAR 12 SPECIAL AWARDS Presented by the Dean of Year 12, Lynn Tonking.



Lucia Young – Erina Murphy Memorial Prize Olivia Wong – National Art Supplies Award for Visual Arts Olivia Luxon – Rosey Eady Prize for Photography Year 12 Hannah Barber-Wilson – Heritage Foundation Dio Arts Award Sharon Hung – Arts Award Sophie Barclay – Service Award Alice Haslett – Sports Award Anneke Cummack – The Heritage Foundation Dorothy Shrewsbury Bursary, awarded to the top academic student in Year 12. The EY Visual Arts Prize Presented by Matthew Hanley. EY has a strong relationship with Diocesan and recognises artistic excellence through this award. The recipient of this award is Livvy Herkt. Well done, Livvy for your courageous expression of thought-provoking ideas and your exquisite painting.

The Apple – Livvy Herkt

Lucia Young and Zoe Zhu

Rebecca He and Olivia Francis

OLD GIRLS’ LEAGUE AWARDS Presented by Jenny Spillane, President of the Diocesan School Old Girls’ League Zoe Zhu – The Mary Pulling Award Year 12 2019 Lucia Young – The Mary Pulling Award Year 13 2019 Olivia Francis and Rebecca He – The Ethel Sandford Bursary for Music 2019

Board Scholarships

BOARD SCHOLARSHIPS Presented by the Chair of the Board of Governors, Mr Andrew Peterson, Board Scholarships are awarded to the top academic students in Years 11 & 12 Year 12 Jemima Po Jacqui Li Shellie Hu Anneke Cummack Year 11 Lena Jacob Deborah Huang Grace Cocker Amy Choi

PRINCIPAL’S AWARDS Presented by the Principal, Ms Heather McRae. Up to eight Principal’s Awards are

Year 11 Emma Badger Lucy Bartlett Isobelle Brosnahan Emily Clelland Mikayla Meredith Ava Tinkler Jessica Woo Chielin Xu Year 12 Ananya Ahluwalia Emily Bashford Anneke Cummack May Jang Fanni Meron Sofie Mulligan Francesca Sansom Eleanor Spillane Year 13 Eloise Cameron-Smith Lexie Etherington Sarah Lee Isabelle Lin Kirsty McInnes Annabelle Smith Tamara Smith Sofie Yeung

YEAR 13 SPECIAL AWARDS Presented by the Dean of Year 13, Neil Cheetham. Year 13 NCEA Awards Emma Leaming – Angela Anderson Cup for Excellence in Accounting Emma Leaming – English Visual/Oral Language Award Zora Dai – History of Art Award Hannah Woolhouse – Business Studies Award Georgia Brokenshire – Dance Award Kaitlin Whiteman – Drama Award Eloise Cameron-Smith – WhereScape Digital Technologies Jenny Wang – The Alastair Fleming Memorial Classical Studies Award Conor Tarrant – Heritage Foundation

Lady Reeves Prize for Outstanding Performance in Theoretical and Practical Biology Conor Tarrant – Kim Percy Cup for Excellence in Chemistry Conor Tarrant – Economics Award Elena Winstanley – English Written Language Award Elena Winstanley – Sally Symes Award for Excellence and Innovation in Photography Yutong He – Turnbull Cup for Senior Art Yutong He – Gordon Harris Design and Visual Communications Award Olivia Coulter – Poulgrain Prize for Modern Languages Ella Wight – Photolife Art Design Award Verity Andrews – Geography Award Madeleine Law – History Award Kitty Greensill – Mathematics with Statistics Emily Gee – One Tree Hill Borough Award for Progress in Japanese Grace Johnstone – Media Studies Award for Interest and Achievement in Media Studies Sarah Casey – Music Award Elma Liao – Vancouver Physics Award for Outstanding Year 13 Physics Briar Adams – The Anna Elvery Award for Excellence in Physical Education Jordyn Chan – Religious Studies Award Aei Yongpongsacharatchai – Technology-Fabrics Award for Innovation in Design Emma Collard – Hospitality and Food Technology cup donated by Margaret Hay Gabriella Sansom – Tourism Award for Overall Excellence and Commitment to the Tourism Course


awarded for each year level to a student who, through her dedication and contribution to her studies and to others, has demonstrated: • Reliability and commitment • Creative thinking and innovation • Resilience and persistence in accepting challenges • Personal excellence • Demonstration of the School motto Ut Serviamus

Year 13 IB Diploma Awards Angela Chen – Diploma Chinese A, English B, Economics and Mathematics Flora Fan – Diploma French and Chemisty Joy Kang – Diploma French ab Initio Biology & Georgraphy He-Min Lee – Diploma History Jessica Li – Diploma Spanish Elizabeth Tan – Diploma German & Visual Arts Jessica Zhou – Diploma Chinese B & Physics Sunny Zou – Diploma English A Jessica Li – IB Diploma Learner Profile Award This is the first year this award has been presented. It is awarded to a student in Year 13 who, throughout the two years of the Diploma, has consistently DIO TODAY


Jessica Li

demonstrated the attributes of the IB Learner Profile. The IB Learner Profile can be considered as a map of a lifelong journey in pursuit of international-mindedness. It aims to develop active, compassionate and lifelong learners and to prepare students to make exceptional contributions both at school and beyond. The IB mission is to encourage students to be Inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective, thus educating the whole person for a life of active, responsible citizenship. Emma Uren – Heritage Foundation Elizabeth Webb Memorial Prize for Writing Heritage Foundation Emma Uren – Patricia France Award for Literacy in Fine Arts Hannah Woolhouse – Fiona Young Cup for Original Writing Lily Xu – English Language Award for Learners of English as another language Eloise Cameron-Smith – MacCormick Mathematics Cup for Excellence in Mathematics Elma Liao – Heritage Foundation Perdita Barclay Prize for Original Research in Geography Level 3 Kitty Greensill – Angela Edgington Cup for Excellence in Historical Research Conor Tarrant – New Zealand Institute of Physics Award for Outstanding Contribution to Year 13 Physics Molly Ross – The Philosophy, Religion & Ethics Award to a Senior Student for Excellence in Creativity, Critical Thinking and Sensitivity Millie Tye – Heritage Foundation Cropper Prize for Senior Art Genevieve Jones – National Art Supplies Award for Excellence in Visual Arts Aei Yongpongsacharatchai – Ara Lodge No 348 Irish Constitution Fine Arts Award Francesca Towers – The Imogen Wells Award for Outstanding Performance in the Arts Georgia Brokenshire – The Rosey Eady Cup ‘Making a Difference’ in the Arts Olivia Couillault – Lawson Cup for 16


Excellence and Commitment in Music Sarah Casey – The David Gordon Cup for Commitment and Excellence in the Arts Jordyn Chan & Emma Mason – Averill Award for Services to Performing Arts Belinda Xiong – Arts Award Emma Leaming – Vicki Hearfield Cup for initiative, enthusiasm and passion for chosen sports Isobel Avis – Allison Roe Award for Service to Sport Georgia Skelton & Morgan McDowall – Del Hooper Award for Outstanding Individual Sporting Achievement Gina Galloway – Barbara Kissling Cup for Sportswoman of the Year Gina Galloway – Sports Award Eloise Cameron-Smith – Service Award Sophia Francis & Annelise White – Heritage Foundation Beale Awards for Service to the School Verity Andrews – Grayson Cup for Leadership and Initiative

Jessica Li

scholarships annually to students intending to study economics at a New Zealand university. Students will have a proven ability in economics, and have economics as a major focus of their undergraduate degree.

Otago University New Frontiers

Otago University Lizziey Wright, Isobel Avis, Georgia McKeown, Eleanor Griffiths, Lulu Gordon-Booth, Kate Carter, Molly Ross, Ella Stack (in absentia) University of Otago New Frontiers Excellence Entrance Scholarship Gold Awards

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Gold Awards Genevieve Jones Lily Hillary Flora Fan Allie Doocey


Otago University Leaders of Tomorrow

Zoe Tinkler, Antonia Sowter, Ally Quatermass, Elena Winstanley, Grace Johnstone, Aimee Fairbairn, Verity Andrews University of Otago Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship

Emma Leaming

KPMG Business Advisory Year 13 Accounting prize Presented by Ms Ann Tod, Enterprise Partner at KPMG Emma Leaming Kelliher Economics Foundation Jessica Li In association with The Kelliher Charitable Trust, the Foundation offers

Otago University Academic Excellence

Conor Tarrant, Kitty Greensill, Flora Fan University of Otago Academic Excellence Scholarship

Olivia Couillault The Hassall Deputy Head Prefect Cup for Leadership commitment and dedication to Diocesan School for Girls Amelia Matthews

Waikato University Amelia Matthews Waikato University The Manu Kaewa (School Leavers) Scholarship

Zoe Tinkler The Hassall Head Prefect Cup for Leadership commitment and dedication to Diocesan School for Girls

2019 HEAD PREFECTS Katie Pearce – Head Prefect for 2019 Jemma Couillault – Deputy Head Prefect for 2019

Victoria University Scholarships

Victoria University Presented by Lylla Leaupepe, Manager Student Recuitment Victoria University Kate Hewitt, Genevieve Jones and Arabella Weaver (in absentia) Victoria University – Tangiwai Scholarships

Jemma Couillault and Zoe Tinkler

Kaitlin Whiteman Victoria University Totoweka Scholarship

peace, patience, goodness, kindness, humility, faithfulness and self-control.



Olivia has been a student at Diocesan since Year 7 and her end-of-year report that year could just about have been repeated this year in Year 13. Her tutor Ms Anderson wrote that “she is an exemplary student who strives for her best not only in her academic work but also in sport and music in the wider school. Olivia has a lovely manner and has demonstrated good team spirit in her interactions in the tutor group.” Olivia has continued that hard work, impressive involvement in the School across several arts and sports codes, and kindness and generosity to others throughout her time at Diocesan. She has shown remarkable resilience coping with injuries that took her out of rowing crews and netball teams. She has delighted us with her beautiful voice in choirs and shows. At the Senior Prize Giving, she sang one last time as she accompanied the Dio Symphony in the recessional. Olivia is intending to study performance music at Sydney University and we wish her well and look forward to seeing her on the stage in years to come. We congratulate Olivia on being the recipient of the Eliza Edwards Memorial Award for 2018.

Zoe Tinkler and Katie Pearce

TOP AWARDS University of Auckland

The University of Auckland Presented by Dr Lee Beattie, Director Urban Programmes, School of Architecture and Planning, The University of Auckland to present their Scholarships Emma Uren The University of Auckland Top Achievers Scholarship Montana Wilson University of Auckland Business & Economics Scholarship Joy Kang University of Auckland Academic Potential Scholarship

Eliza Edwards Memorial Award Presented by the President of the Diocesan School Old Girls’ League, Jenny Spillane Olivia Couillault Awarded to a student leaving the School who throughout her schooling has contributed to many school activities, shown high personal standards and has exhibited the qualities inherent in the foundation of the School. We have honoured Olivia as the Deputy Head Girl for 2018, but this presentation recognises much more than this role, because, in her exceptional leadership style, we see the qualities that the Eliza Edwards Award seeks to honour – love, joy,

Olivia Couillault



The Dux Award This represents our most outstanding academic achievement. This year we have a joint dux – one from the NCEA programme and one from the IB Diploma pathway. In future years we will formalise this and have separate duxes for the two courses. The IB Dux for 2018 is Joy Kang and the NCEA Dux for 2018 is Conor Tarrant.

Emma Uren

Proxime Accessit to the Dux The Proxime Accessit to the Dux at Diocesan for 2018 is Emma Uren Emma is an enormously talented student whose subject choices this year span languages, science, visual art and English. Her teachers describe her as dedicated, independent in her learning, thoughtful, a student who critically analyses her work and in visual art, she is meticulous in the planning and the execution of her paintings.

Joy Kang Joy came to Diocesan in Year 9 and quickly impressed us with her talents. She has abilities across visual art, technology, the sciences, languages and the humanities. She chose to study the Diploma, which meant she had to keep that broad spectrum of options. Joy has performed at the top level in all her subjects and we hold great hopes that she will achieve a top score. However, her CAS teacher (the creativity, activity and service component that sits at the heart of the Diploma) comments that her growth as a reflective learner has been the most exciting thing to witness. Her creative project was a beautifully illustrated vegan cookbook and she has challenged herself to a rigorous exercise programme for her action component. Joy has accepted a University of Auckland Academic

Emma is a published author – she has had prose and poetry published in Signals and ReDraft, which are New Zealand secondary school writing publications, in the Youth section of the National Flash Fiction Competition, in the New Zealand Poetry Society International Competition, in both the open category and the Haiku section. Most recently she won the Liam and Frankie Davison Award, an Australasian competition for outstanding achievement in literary writing on an issue in women’s health where she was the only New Zealand winner. She also finds time for dance (ballet, jazz and intercultural dance) and is a key member of our handbells group, Concert Band and Smphony Orchestra. Above all, Emma is hugely modest about her talents and achievements. She has accepted a University of Auckland Top Achievers Scholarship and she intends to study engineering. We congratulate her on her award as Proxime to the Dux for 2018. 18


Conor Tarrant and Joy Kang

Potential Scholarship and she intends to study health sciences Conor Tarrant Conor also came to Diocesan in Year 9. She has received Academic Honours and a Board Scholarship each year. In addition she was the Junior High School Dux in Year 10 and in Year 12 received the Dorothy Shrewsbury Bursary for the top academic Year 12 student. She has a near perfect academic record across all of those five years, while demonstrating consistent excellence across all her subjects. This year she has studied chemistry, physics, biology, economics and English and her teachers comment on her enthusiasm, self motivation and insightful analysis, and that she is fully engaged in the class, making a perceptive and valuable contribution. Conor is also a nationally ranked swimmer, Cowie House Prefect and she must have superb organisational skills to manage her responsibilities with such apparent ease. Otago University has recognised her abilities and offered her an Academic Excellence Scholarship worth up to $45,000. She intends to study health sciences. We congratulate Joy and Conor on being Dux at Diocesan School for 2018 and wish them the best for their futures.


Extending artistic horizons Talented Year 12 IB student Shellie Hu was earlier this year accepted into a six-week Summer Art and Design Programme at the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design. This experience was invaluable for her, and working in such a high pressure and competitive environment she produced incredible work. In April, Year 13 IB student Elizabeth Tan completed a four-week internship with a fashion and portrait photographer in New York. Then in August, she interned at NZ Fashion Week as a backstage and runway photographer. Both experiences have helped Elizabeth develop a personal style of photography and are amazing achievements for a girl still at school.

Shellie Hu "I spent an extraordinary six weeks at RISD this summer – the school is one of my dream colleges, renowned for art and design. “We got to choose one particular major that interested us – I chose Graphic Design. We also took other foundation courses, such as in drawing and design, to enhance our fundamental skills, and Art Critical Studies in which we attended art lectures and held inclass discussions. “I find art and design so appealing because you feel a sense of accomplishment when things are done, which is often more exciting than the end result itself. In the future, I don’t know whether I will remember the time I cried secretly because of my work dissatisfaction. But I will absolutely remember my passion for design, the honesty in my art and my persistence in doing things I love!"

Elizabeth Tan “Earlier this year, I completed an internship with Justin von Oldershausen, a fashion and portrait photographer in New York. During this time, I had the opportunity to organise some of my own test shoots in different locations around the city to expand my portfolio. As a result, I met with many modelling agencies to discuss thematic and compositional shoot ideas and was lucky to be able to collaborate with various art directors and stylists. “Through these shoots, I experimented more with studio work and using different types of medium format film and 35mm cameras. I was able to learn ways of overcoming the challenges of organising call sheets with details for each shoot, as well as difficult weather and lighting conditions, and my interest in portraiture and desire to photograph and document a diverse range of faces was further developed.  “I then interned at NZ Fashion Week as a backstage photographer for a modelling agency and for the online blog Thread NZ. I was able to develop my skills in shooting in fast-paced environments with challenging low-lighting conditions, and learn more about runway photography from professional photographers. “Both internships have been beneficial experiences and have aided me in developing a personal and distinctive style of work.”





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in Greece and Italy

On a perfect summer’s afternoon in July this year, a clear soprano voice echoed around the stones of the ancient Greek theatre at Epidaurus. This meeting between the 2018 girl, Lizziey Wright, and the 2300-year-old building was just one of the magical moments of past and present coming face to face on the Classical Studies trip to Greece and Italy. In Classical Studies we study the connections between the worlds of the ancient Greeks and Romans and our own through their social life, customs, myths and legends, as well as through their art and literature. There is no better way to deepen our love and understanding of these worlds than to walk in the footsteps of those two great civilisations that

In the July school holidays, 17 students, Ms Woods and Mrs Fisher set out to explore the museums, monuments, sights, sounds and tastes of Greece and Italy. continue to have an important influence on many areas of our lives today. Starting in Athens, the girls were excited to climb up the Acropolis to stand in awe of the view and the indescribable majesty of the Parthenon, temple to Athens’ patron goddess Athene. Looking down across the city we could see the agora where Socrates and Plato developed their philosophical views, across to the Pnyx, where the world’s first democracy was created,

and down to the theatre of Dionysus where the ground-breaking tragedies of Aeschylus, Euripides and Sophocles were performed. While in Athens, we also visited the collections of wonderful sculptures and art works in the National Museum and the Acropolis Museum, the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Panathenaic stadium built for the first modern Olympics, as well as enjoying some time eating and shopping in the Plaka market district. DIO TODAY


“It was great to see the inspiring architecture and art that I have studied. I felt as though I was living in a dream – now I’m awake and have to face the cruel reality of school and exams!” TERESA, YEAR 11 As the sea was an important part of ancient Greek life, we enjoyed a day out on the ‘wine dark’ sea as Homer called it, visiting the islands of Poros, Aegina, famous for its pistachios, and Hydra, famous for its donkeys! Over the next few days our tour took us to the important sites of the past: Corinth, where St Paul preached; Epidaurus to the theatre; Mycenae, the home of King Agamemnon who led the Greek forces to Troy; and then on to the site of the original Olympic Games at Olympia. Here, past and present collided with our use of iPads, which allowed us to see the site re-constructed when we held them up to the buildings in front of us. We also ran our traditional Diocesan Olympics race on the original track, used since 776BC, with Jessica Rolle becoming our champion in a very closely fought race. Delphi was our final stop in Greece to visit the site that has attracted many famous visitors across the generations including Alexander the Great, Emperor Augustus and Lord Byron and is one of the very special spiritual places in Greece. Set high up in the mountains, the oracle priestess would sit in the temple and pronounce answers to individual questions, directed by the god Apollo himself. Some of the girls whispered their questions into the wind, but only they know if the god answered! Apart from sightseeing, there was also nightlife where we learned the traditional Greek dance, the Sirtaki, and experienced some cooking lessons. It was a sad farewell to beautiful Greece but our hearts were lifted by our arrival in Rome. Walking in the footsteps of the ancient Romans is an important link to

us as New Zealanders. As a result of our historical connections to Britain, once part of the vast Roman Empire, many aspects of our culture and lifestyle, including our language, laws, and architecture, reflect Roman ideas. Our time in Rome included visits to the beautiful and impressive Pantheon, Colosseum, Arch of Titus and Augustus’ Ara Pacis as well as the collections of the museums, which included important pieces such as The Discus Thrower, The Boxer and an entire section of original whole-room frescoes from Pompeii. We wandered through the ancient Forum where much political intrigue occurred in the past, visited the Catacombs of St Callixtus, and enjoyed a wonderful visit to the Vatican and its museums where those who had studied vase painting came face to face with an entire collection, including the famous amphora decorated by the master artist Exekias. We also saw Ms Woods’ favourite, the Augustus Prima Porta portrait. A highlight for many of the girls was seeing the Laocoon and Sons sculpture they had studied, and which had influenced Michelangelo greatly after he saw it being excavated. After Rome, we moved south to Sorrento, via a stop at Monte Cassino, the monastery and site where many New Zealand soldiers fought in World War II. From our base on the stunning Amalfi Coast, we day-tripped to Pompeii, Naples and to Positano before returning again to Rome where our trip finished with some shopping and a visit to Gladiator School. There the competitive spirit of the girls came to the fore as they battled each other using some ancient techniques from the arena. It was a fun way to end our marvellous ancient world adventures.

“From this trip I have gained an even greater appreciation for the classical world and it was amazing to see some of the things we’ve studied up close and in person. I really enjoyed experiencing the cultures of both Greece and Italy. I am truly grateful for this experience.” KAITLYN, YEAR 11 22




from LA to NYC

In July this year, a large group of media studies and design and visual communication students flew to the USA to experience first hand what is on offer for students learning different disciplines of the creative industries. The Years 11-13 students had the time of their lives soaking up a whole myriad of sights and experiences across the USA, from Los Angeles and San Francisco on the West Coast to New York on the East. In San Francisco the whole group experienced a Silicon Valley Tech Tour, which included the Stanford University

campus; Google Headquarters and GooglePlex; 42 Silicon Valley, and the Innovative Devices Concept Store, B8ta. Where better to explore the world of media than cities like New York and Los Angeles? Each city offered an incredible array of interesting opportunities. Many saw their world open with possible career paths they could take in both the technology and entertainment industries, which was inspiring and exciting. After a workshop at the New York Film Academy, students commented that the

experience was “eye opening as to what our future in filmmaking could be”. Amid the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple, the girls visited The Paley Centre for Media, taking a class on the representation of young women in the media, looking at the past and present to learn lessons for the future. One student commented: "It was an amazing opportunity to see what we are learning about at school put into practice in a professional setting and learn from people in the industry." 



The design students did a Gotham Architecture Walking Tour that focused on the Grand Central Terminal, Chrysler Building, St Patrick’s Cathedral, the Rockefeller Centre and Times Square, concluding at the World Trade Centre site. This walking tour, in combination with the architecture of the Chelsea High Line and lower Manhattan Architecture cruise, gave the students a look into the rich history of New York City. Other highlights were the Guggenheim Museum tour and workshop, which included Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture and Museum Highlights as well as the Cooper Hewitt Museum and the Parsons Design School Tour on the last full day in New York. Their enthusiasm continued through to Los Angeles where the girls toured behind the scenes of some of the largest studios in the world. A highlight near the end of the trip was going to Paramount and Warner Bros studios and learning about the sets of some of our favourite TV shows and movies such as Friends and especially The Ellen Show stage. The cities and sites we visited are renowned for creative innovation and startup culture. Visits to museums and design/film schools provide inspiration for career pathways in the creative industries and promote a greater depth of design understanding and critical thinking. Year 11 student Francesca Masfen sums it all up beautifully. “The DVC trip was an unforgettable experience for me in both a cultural and educational way. The architectural tours and buildings we saw had a huge impact on me and I drew inspiration from the many different styles of architecture I was exposed to on the trip. Much of the architecture I saw has had a major impact on my work, for example, Daniel Libeskind. I left the trip extremely inspired to conquer the design world with new innovative initiatives that will positively impact our ever-growing world.   “We had lots of fun along the way with a great team of girls, and amazing support from our teachers, Mrs Gwilliam, Mrs Sampson, Mr Thomas and Ms Nelson. I’ll look back on this trip with fond memories I will have for life.” 24


Namasthae Dio! On 8 December, 12 Years 12/13 students, two teachers and our World Challenge leader, will be touching down in Delhi for World Challenge India 2018. The anticipation has been building all through the year and we are so excited! On our arrival in Dehli, we will be jumping straight onto a tour bus up to the mountain town of Nainital, nestled in the Uttarakhand foothills. After a bit of post-flight recovery and some obligatory shopping in the local market, we’ll be packing up for a series of acclimatisation treks at over 2500m – it’s possible that it won’t be just the scenery that leaves us breathless! By 12 December we should be ready for the main event, a six-day trek through the Rantham Pass, which will take us to an astounding 4000m. Just as well that there are plenty of snow-capped peaks, tumultuous waterfalls and flower-strewn meadows to take our minds off the hard work. Time then for some well-deserved ‘R&R’ in the towns of Rishikesh and Haridwar on the banks of the Ganges. A spot of yoga might be needed by this point in the trip. Our next step, and possibly the most important element of the trip for many, is our service project phase in the Rajasthani area, where we will be working with the local Sambhali Trust. We will be getting the full details of our activities here closer to our departure date, as the Trust needs to place us wherever we can do the most good at that moment in time. Past World Challenge service activities have included teaching English to local students, building a walkway for students to cross a creek to school, and renovating old school buildings. The work is always intense, rewarding and an eye-opener for all involved. Finally, our team has elected to take on a whistle-stop tour of the highlights of the famous ‘Golden Triangle’. This is going to cover some serious mileage, so no doubt we will get to know the Indian rail service well! Our plan is to head for the Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Amber Fort, Jaipur and who knows where else – as far as our time and budget will stretch! By 3 January we bid ‘alvida’ (goodbye) to India and begin the long journey home. The memories will stay with us, as might some of the many souvenirs that I suspect may make their way back to Auckland! Sarah Jackson, teacher-in-charge


World Challenge – India 2018

Let the countdown begin! Disruptive technologies, such as 3D printing or the Internet of Things, are creating new possibilities, new markets, new societies – and with them, new careers. Over the next 30 years, an increasing number of professions will require science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM)-related skills and knowledge. Many jobs that are common place today will disappear and students need to develop skills and attributes for jobs that don’t currently exist. The CASE Space School International Study Program provides students with the opportunity to get ahead, to learn and apply transportable skills in one of the world’s most profound and inspiring STEAM environments, NASA. Forty-five Dio students in Years 8, 9 and 10 will be attending the CASE Junior Space School at the Space and Rocket Centre in Hunstville, Alabama, and at the NASA Centre in Houston. During the Junior Space School our students will develop curiosity and interest within the STEAM fields as they train in an immersive environment that will empower them to pursue their future studies with passion. Thirteen Dio students in Years 11, 12 and 13, will be joining other girls from across New Zealand and Australia on the CASE Senior Space School in Houston, going behind the scenes at NASA and engaging with space exploration experts. The Senior Space School is structured to grow leadership, creativity, high-level management and critical thinking skills; equipping students with the tools to excel in their future careers. The CASE Space School expeditions are life-changing experiences that will alter perspectives on the present, provide new visions for the future and inspire a new generation of STEAM-skilled leaders. Both trips leave early in December for a two-week ‘out of this world’ experience. Let the countdown begin! DIO TODAY


Annabelle Ferris (from Adelaide- Seymour College) and Sienna Gray (Dio)

Student exchanges

From left to right: Felicia Lee and Hima Zhang (Hong Kong Dio students), Emily Kippenberger and Sophie Taylor (Dio students)

At Diocesan we are fortunate to be able to offer Year 10 students the opportunity to take part in annual student school exchanges to Hong Kong and Adelaide. These exchanges form part of a long history between the schools involved and are a chance for students to see what life in another part of the world is like with a whole new ‘family’. They spend four weeks away and then reciprocate by hosting their ‘sisters’ here at Dio and in their homes later on in the year. Aimee Crosbie and Sienna Gray went to Adelaide in March, staying with Tara Hislop and Annabelle Ferris. They attended Seymour College and were fully immersed in life in Adelaide while they were there. Sienna reflects on what she gained from the experience. 26


“I am so fortunate that I was able to take part in this fantastic opportunity of being an exchange student in Adelaide, South Australia. From being in Adelaide, staying with my host family and attending a new school, I was able to gain so much personal independence enabling me to be a more organised, responsible and reliable person. I participated in many memorable experiences such as the Seymour College sports day, food carnival, group dinners and more. My family and I had such a great time hosting Annabelle in New Zealand and introducing her to New Zealand culture. I am thankful for this experience, especially for the way I have been able to make lifelong friendships that I will cherish.” Aimee agrees with Sienna about this being a memory to cherish and adds her thoughts too. “I am so thankful that I was selected to go on the Adelaide Exchange to Seymour College, as I can easily say it is one of the best experiences I have ever had. My host family was so kind and supportive over the month I stayed there and I am so grateful for everything they did for me. This opportunity really helped me to become more organised and independent, as well as create new friendships that I know

will last a lifetime. While I was in South Australia, I created so many amazing memories such as spending the Easter holidays at Black Point and Port Willunga, as well as encountering natural wildlife and taking part in a variety of school activities, especially the Seymour College sports day. In return, being able to show my exchange student, Tara, around Dio and the New Zealand way of life was so much fun.” Heading to Hong Kong this year were Emily Kippenberger and Sophie Taylor. They also travelled in March and their Hong Kong Diocesan ‘sisters’ Felicia Lee and Hima Zhang travelled to New Zealand in the July holidays and were at School for the start of Term 3. Hong Kong was a lot less familiar for our Dio girls than Adelaide and they were immersed in not just a whole new school and family, but a different cultural setting as well. Sophie and Emily write: “Our exchange to Hong Kong was such a cool and enriching experience. It taught us a lot about ourselves. It greatly increased our knowledge of the Hong Kong culture and their perspectives on life and also gave us the chance to live in a completely different environment, in a very fun and exciting way.

“Hong Kong was so different to New Zealand and the attractions were very interesting – we went to the main tourist attractions like Disneyland, Ocean Park and The Peak. We tasted many types of different foods, both cooked by our host family and from restaurants and markets, as the Hong Kong people tend to dine out more regularly. We learnt about the Cantonese culture too. We also learned that the Hong Kong people place a lot of importance on fully committing to work and study as they put all their energy into whatever it is that they are doing at the time.

We gained experience and confidence talking to new people and learned to manage situations that we were not comfortable with, such as speaking to the 1,000 students and teachers at Hong Kong Dio at their assembly. One thing that we found hard was adjusting to the busyness of their life. In Hong Kong there seemed to be not much time to just relax, be in the present and take your time. There was always something to be done and it felt like we were always rushing around. But overall, it was such a great experience, and we both really enjoyed being away and seeing their country.” All four of our Dio girls certainly gained a lot from their experiences and were wonderful ambassadors for the School and hosts for their ‘sisters’. It is a truly memorable experience to be able to have while at school. Special thanks needs to also go to the families that hosted our visitors, as they gave them a taste of New Zealand that they will never forget.

TERM 1 2019 DATES 23 January 24 January

Years 12/13 course confirmation | 10am-12 noon Second-hand uniform sale / Underground car park | 12.30-2pm 25 January Welcome morning tea for all new Years 8-13 students | 10.15-11.30am Buddy BBQ for all Year 7 students | 12noon-2pm 29 January School opens for all students 30 January Sports Information Evening | 5-8pm 5 February Commissioning Assembly for Year 13 students 10.45am 8 February Years 7-13 Swimming Sports / Aquatic Centre from 8.30am 11 February Junior School Meet the Teacher | 6-7.30pm 12 February Year 13 Commissioning Chapel Service Chapel of Our Glorified Lord | 6-7pm 19 February Athletics Day 24 Feb-1 Mar EOTC Week 5 March Year 13 Parents’ Careers Information Evening 6.30-7.30pm 7 March P&F New Parents’ Cocktails | Chapel Courtyard 6.30-8.30pm 16 March Open Day | 10am-12 noon 25-31 Mar Summer Tournament Week 3 April Scholars’ Dinner | School Hall | 6.30-9.30pm 4-6 April Shakespeare Festival at Dio 7 April Student Baptisms and Admission to Communion Chapel of Our Glorified Lord | 5-6pm 12 April End of Term 1 | 3.30pm

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“There were definitely some challenges though. These included being away from home for so long, the climate (it was quite hot) and the language barrier. You are also with your Hong Kong sister pretty much all the time, so that was mentally draining. But that didn’t stop us from enjoying it and through those challenges we shared some great experiences, not only with our buddies, but with each other as our friendship grew.



Prof Grant Gillett

In August, the Centre for Ethics committee was honored to host our annual Ethics Community Dinner, focusing on the controversial topic of bioethics. The committee felt that Bioethics was a particularly relevant topic as today there is a broadening range of bioethical conflicts that we are faced with, from gene editing and stem cell research, terminal patient care and euthanasia, to the allocation of pharmaceutical resources and medical autonomy. These are such key issues in society as every person is influenced by the healthcare system, and bioethics, given its medical foundations, is involved in actual life or death decisions. We hope that the evening enhanced our community’s understanding of current ethical issues and challenged our guests to reflect on their personal ethical positions.



Prof Michael Berridge

The evening opened with relevant and stirring performances from the two Senior School soapbox winners, Grace David and Alex Wackrow, and a thought-provoking slam poem by Chelsea Goodale. Their performances represented the Ethics Committee’s aim to promote dialogue and debate about ethical issues and to share such articulate passion with the evening’s guests. An interlude of beautiful music, the lovely cello playing of Sharon Hung, accompanied by He-Min Lee on the piano, added to the ambience of the evening. The two distinguished speakers for the night, Professor Michael Berridge from the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, and Professor Grant Gillett, Professor of Bioethics at the University of Otago, shared their different perspectives on the theme.

Professor Berridge presented his journey in the field of cancer research and some of the decisions facing the research community, while Professor Gillett described how he discovered and became involved in the field of bioethics through his specialisation in neuroethics and neurophilosophy, and his experiences of studying philosophy at Oxford. The knowledgeable and effervescent MC for the evening, Chris Clay, then ran a panel with the two speakers and two Year 13 Ethics Committee students, Verity Andrews and Madeleine Law, who answered pertinent questions from the audience about recent developments and current issues in bioethics. Guests were encouraged to discuss a variety of ethical issues around bioethics. The Ethics Committee had designed question cards for each table

LEARNING Ethics Committee and Nina Blumenfeld

and it certainly seemed as though many in the large audience were involved in deep discussions during the evening, using the questions as a starting point. The Ethics Committees of previous years have always shown enthusiastic participation and leadership ability in organising the dinners but this year the 2018 Ethics Committee was particularly impressive. Diocesan prides itself on producing ethically minded future leaders, and Sacha Sampson and He-Min Lee and the student committee exemplify this. A special thanks to our two speakers, to Chris Clay, our wonderful MC for the evening, and all the guests who attended the Ethics Dinner. We hope to see you all at the Ethics Dinner next year! Nina Blumenfeld, Director of the Centre for Ethics; Sacha Sampson and He-Min Lee, student leaders.




Photo courtesy of Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries. 1-W519, Henry Winkelmann.

Looking through the past INTO THE FUTURE


Leadership is often focused on taking actions that will change the course of the future or perhaps increasing resilience in the face of changes that can be anticipated. With this in mind, our leadership programme this year has begun to focus on the future and the development of skills and dispositions that support improved foresight. The future is certainly likely to be a strange place when compared with the present. It is possible to get a sense of this when we cast our minds back to the past and make comparisons with the present. Many who read this will remember life without the internet and be able to contemplate how so many areas of our society have changed as a result of its increased pervasiveness. However, young people can find it difficult to get a sense of how much the world can change since they have only been around 30


for a relatively short period of time. With this in mind, students in the Junior High School have been going back in time to try so they can begin to develop a sense of the trends that have shaped the present and will perhaps shape the future. Our Year 9 girls spent a day contemplating the nature of the city of Auckland 30 years into the future. In order to contemplate the magnitude of change possible over a period of 30 years, the girls started their leadership day exploring and acting out vignettes from 30 years in the past. The girls had so much fun considering what library research was like prior to the internet (Encyclopedia Britannica anyone?) or how ‘selfies’ would have been different with 35mm film cameras. They also made a mixtape for a friend, explained the internet to a neighbour, went to Georgie Pie for a birthday party and played an ‘old-fashioned’ video game.

Our Year 7 girls carried out a similar exercise as they contemplated the future of food. They explored eating out in the 1950s at Auckland restaurant The Gourmet, the arrival of supermarkets and home freezers to New Zealand homes, a family meal through the ages from the 1950s through to the year 2010 and even the 2013 launch of the world’s first lab-grown meat pattie. After contemplating the way the past is different from the future, the girls began identifying trends that have shaped the society of 2018. As they sorted and prioritised these trends, they contemplated which would be likely to continue into the future. With little encouragement, they engaged in wideranging conversations around technology,

“Very educational, eye opening and fun. I think that today’s leadership day made us look at our actions now and how they will affect our future.” MARGARET SU, YEAR 9


consumer habits, globalisation, the environment and politics. As we shifted our minds to the future, the girls began to create a range of possibilities by extrapolating the three trends they deemed most likely to be influential. What might Auckland city be like should the population continue to grow at the same rate? How will our eating habits change if lab-grown meat becomes increasingly affordable? How will dairy farmers be affected by a continued adoption of plant-based diets? Students really enjoyed the blend of creative and critical thinking that is required to develop these possible futures. Since the future only exists in our imagination, we can’t be incorrect. However, the discussions that ensued showed a real eagerness to support their ideas with solid reasoning. This was extended further with thinking about what living in these futures might be like. The Year 9 girls assumed the role of United Nations judges who visited cities in the year 2050 and created maps that showed how the city had changed since the year 2018. The girls developed their

“Like nothing I’ve ever done before! It was nice having a day for our imagination to run wild and I loved it!” HARRIET HOPE, YEAR 7

maps in groups and then presented them at the end of the day. Groups explained a diverse set of visions for the Auckland of 2050. While some anticipated an increase in community gardens, others expected people to be living underground. Transportation was either eliminated by VR or transformed to include underwater trains and even pedestrian Zorbs. The environment had been transformed by climate change but included more nature reserves and one group even imagined a gigantic glass wall to protect the city from both sea-level rise and tsunamis. The Year 7 girls assumed the role of school caterers of the future and presented a series of dishes that would be served in the School café of 2050. The girls prioritised trends such

as increasing environmental impact, an increasing desire for convenience foods and an increasing need for food to be healthy. This led to foods that incorporated novel ingredients such as insects, food that was simple to consume (food pills anyone?), and a whole range of foods that incorporated bioengineered foods (lasagna cookies perhaps?). As we prepare for the second of the leadership days for the Years 7 and 9 students, we will begin to support them to explore the interdependence that exists between the different aspects of our society. While systems thinking is a really important skill (both within and between traditional disciplines such as the sciences) it’s development will also allow the girls to appreciate the many ways that even a small change in one area can manifest itself in significant impacts elsewhere. We hope this will provide some fertile ground for our girls to find links between the concepts they’re learning in many different contexts. We also hope this will help them learn to seek new opportunities and risks in places that might not usually be obvious. After all, surely it’s our ability to sense risk and opportunity that guides our actions in the present and our prosperity in the future. DIO TODAY



Chengdu Choir Festival





his year we were very fortunate to receive an invitation to attend the Chengdu Choir Festival in China. The event is a glamorous worldclass cultural gathering of children’s choirs from China and other countries. The Diocesan Junior School choir was one of only six international choirs invited to attend this prestigious event. In August, 24 Year 6 Chapel Choir girls travelled to China for the 10day event, which included a range of performance and cultural experiences. The culmination of the event was the live filming of the choirs for an audience of over 20 million. The students worked hard to perfect their 60-minute performance, with a repertoire that included a mixture of songs in Te Reo, as well as international and well-loved children’s songs. All the choirs also learnt two other songs that were presented at the highlight of the week, the International Children’s Chorus Music Fair. The trip was also an opportunity for students to gain a mutual understanding of different countries and cultural backgrounds with workshops being held by each country’s choral conductor.

The trip was not just an experience to sing on an international stage, but also to experience Chinese traditional culture with a variety of trips and excursions including a visit to the world-famous Chengdu Research base of the Giant Panda, the most authoritative panda research and protection organisation in the world. Working hard behind the scenes to secure the invitation and prepare the girls was Junior School Performing Arts Coordinator Mehernaz Pardiwalla, who

accompanied them on the trip, along with Head of Junior School Suzanne Brewin, Deputy Head Amy Thompson and Development Office assistant Dennis Yu. A talented musician herself, Mehernaz was happy directing her considerable passion for music into helping the girls reach their potential. “This is the first time that a Diocesan Junior music group has toured overseas and we were delighted to share our music and the stage with choirs from around the world. It was an incredible experience and we are immensely proud of the way our girls performed and represented us.”



YEAR 6 EXHIBITION The Primary Years Programme (PYP) Exhibition is a significant event in an IB World School’s calendar. It is a time for our Year 6 students to synthesise the essential elements of the PYP and share their knowledge with the School community. This culminating experience and celebration of learning in the Junior School allows the girls to exhibit the attributes of the IB Learner Profile, while investigating an issue they are passionate about through collaborative inquiry. This year, the theme was ‘How We Organise Ourselves’. A wide range of issues was explored, such as: • Organisations impact those in need • Labels and stereotypes influence communities • Technological discoveries impact our future • Waste influences lifestyles, health and conservation • A community’s safety during natural disasters depends on their education and preparation • Wellbeing and inclusion. The Year 6 girls carried out research, visited local organisations and conducted interviews with experts to help them become more knowledgeable and raise awareness throughout the Junior School community. 34


The Years 1-5 Kapa Haka, Whaea Anu and Mrs Watson opened the Exhibition with a spectacular whakatau. This was a special time for our Year 6 girls to celebrate their achievements and hard work throughout the exhibition with their whānau. “Throughout the exhibition process I learnt that collaboration plays a huge part when it comes to working towards a successful presentation. By sharing ideas and working together with the members of your group, you form a special bond with them. This connection helps you make new friends and means you have a great time working alongside them. It was good to have a range of perspectives and different ways to solve a problem. I really enjoyed thinking of creative ways to take action around our School. Some of the ideas we had included changing the words to a wellknown song to promote the different alternatives to plastic packaging, creating posters to go around the Junior School, and providing chances for people to win a class plant by asking people to send photos of what they have been doing to help the environment. I loved getting to know others, sharing knowledge from the research that we found and learning new skills that will help me later on in life. Overall, the one word to describe the exhibition would be ‘beneficial’. I learnt so much

that will help me in life. It was a great experience.” Ivy Barrington “Exhibition 2018 was absolutely amazing – the excitement in the air was contagious! We had a lot of fun showing everyone what we had inquired into. I noticed that the junior girls tended to gravitate towards an interactive component, so I made sure mine was intriguing. The Year 6 Exhibition had challenges that were thrown at us unexpectedly, and we learnt to overcome them. If I had to state one thing to tell you about the exhibition, it would be that communication is key. I am sure all of Year 6 had the experience of our lives and will never forget Exhibition 2018.” Alice Penney “I have learnt heaps during the process of the exhibition. Not only did I learn about my chosen topic, anxiety and wellbeing, but I also learnt how to research and take notes with a variety of resources such as books, interviews with experts and news articles. We had our own exhibition booklet that helped us reflect on our weeks of researching and planning. We were put in groups with people who had the same exhibition interest as us. We worked together to find information and planned how we were going to present our topic. Year 6 learnt that collaboration isn't always easy, but it is always worth it in the end.” Emma Keats


Tribute to Jean Alpe Jean joined the Diocesan School staff in July 1991. She was the class teacher for Year 6 (Standard 4 as it was known in those days) and responsible for teaching all the physical education and sport in the Junior School. This was a perfect fit for her as she had trained as a physical education specialist teacher in England and re-trained as a primary teacher since coming to live in New Zealand. When the new Junior School building was built and the Junior School doubled in size, Jean became the full-time PE teacher with her very own office and storeroom! Her love of hockey and gymnastics has seen her coach many teams over the years and she is still coaching the highly successful gymnastics teams. With the advent of PYP in the Junior school, languages have come to prominence and Jean began to teach French as well. She was selected to participate in a Ministry-led study trip to New Caledonia hosted by the French Government and was awarded a sabbatical in 2003 to visit PYP schools in Europe that taught French. Jean says that she has thoroughly enjoyed her years in the Junior School and having the opportunity to work with so many wonderful girls and their families. She has loved being part of the wider Diocesan family and has made lifelong friends. Jean’s vibrant personality and quick wit will be greatly missed by all – students, families and colleagues. Jean is looking forward to spending more time with her family, including her new puppy, and to having her youngest daughter return to live in New Zealand after 10 years overseas. DIO TODAY


Musical afternoon On Wednesday 12 September we were treated to a musical feast of performances from all the Junior School music groups. It was impressive to see the development of musical talent from our Year 3 students just beginning on the violin, to the talented ensemble groups of string orchestra and the concert band. Both Bella Voce and the Chapel Choir performed in the culmination of the afternoon’s entertainment.




The Singing Mermaid Well done to our Years 1 and 2 performers who delighted audiences at the end of Term 3 with their adaption of Julia Donaldson’s book The Singing Mermaid. The story is about a singing mermaid who is tempted by fame and fortune and joins the circus. The crowds love her, but the poor mermaid is kept in a tank by the wicked circus owner Sam Sly, and she soon longs to return to the freedom of her ocean home. Lucy Penny played the role of the mermaid and Seren Spicer was the wicked circus owner, Sam Sly. They were ably supported in their roles by all the Year 1 and Year 2 girls who sang beautifully and looked amazing in their costumes. It was so lovely to see them acting and singing their little hearts out on stage under the bright lights. Congratulations girls on a stunning performance! DIO TODAY



Service Learning in 2018

Alongside his role as a sports manager, Wiremu Tapara has been heading up the Service Learning programme at Dio for almost two years now. As a student at Auckland’s St Peter’s College, Wiremu was very involved in community service and he is still just as passionate about serving others. He is helping to transition our School community from a focus on fundraising to learning about issues that cause need in the wider community; what students can do to help address the need and learn more about themselves in the process. Students at each year level from 7 to 13 have a specific focus with its own concepts and partner organisations. Students from the Community Service Council briefly explain what the concepts for their year level are, the organisations they have partnered with, and how they will address the needs their learning has uncovered.


The focus is on community as a fundamental aspect of who we are and what we do: school community, local community, and our community of human beings. We are looking at the issue of food and how we can ensure a safe, nutritious, and secure food supply for all in order to maintain healthy and active lives. The students have been encouraged to look at what excess resources we have and how we can use these to best meet the needs of our community. Students took part in a cultural food day with an emphasis on

Year 7 My Kitchen Our Table Lunch

Year 8 Tree Planting Motuihe Island



community. A representative from the Food Together organisation addressed the year level about healthy food and working together to share excess food resources. Year 7 students will continue to participate in class-based activities that look closely at the resources we have as a community and how we can work together to share them. Taylor Eltringham


Service learning for the Year 8 students centres around stewardship and caring for the environment. We have been working with the William Pike Organisation. The main service learning opportunity has involved emptying School food-waste bins in order to learn more about where food waste really goes. Another service learning opportunity was tree planting on Motuihe Island. Alongside these activities we created learning opportunities for the students in Year 8 dean’s assemblies and also some learning sessions with Wiremu Tapara, where students became more informed about the issues. Charlotte Finer

LIVING Year 9 visit to AUT Refugee Centre


The concepts at the heart of service learning in Year 9 are poverty and diversity – raising awareness about poverty and embracing our differences. We teamed up with the New Zealand Refugee Resettlement Centre. We were fortunate to have a speaker from the Refugee Centre come and speak to the Year 9 students to explain what a refugee is, what problems refugees face, and how hard it is to become accepted into a new country. Students have engaged in activities in their tutor

Year 11 City Mission volunteers

classes to learn more about these issues, and some girls will visit the Refugee Centre. This will help our year level gain a fuller understanding of the harsh realities some people face. Holly Mulligan


Year 10 service learning has focused on the concepts of empathy and critical thinking. The year group has worked closely with the Cancer Society to challenge and develop their understanding of cancer patients’

journeys. At the end of Term 3, students took part in a Relay for Life to raise funds for cancer research. In this 12hour event, full of entertainment and activities organised by the students, teams always had to have one person walking around the track carrying a baton. This represents the idea that cancer fighters never stop and we should never stop searching for a cure for cancer. Through sponsorship and fundraising as a year group, and working with the Community Services Council, over $42,000 was raised. The preparation, fundraising and participation involved in this event was a great experience, helping us put our theme into action by working together while making a significant contribution to the Cancer Society. Kitty Greensill


Year 10 Relay for Life

Our focus for Year 11 is compassion, particularly in the context of inequality and poverty at a local level. One of our primary themes was child poverty. Information and statistics helped highlight the issue, and foster empathy and compassion towards our wider society. This tied in well with our leadership day, where students created videos about child poverty to develop their understanding of the struggles faced by those enduring hardship. We wanted to do more than just raise awareness. We wanted to advocate for action by promoting the City Mission and Bald Angels – two organisations that have helped in the fight against DIO TODAY


The other aspect of our Service Learning programme is for each student to engage in personal community service for a set number of hours. Sophie Barclay


child poverty. We encouraged our year level to find ways to support these organisations. Some students also volunteered at the City Mission Distribution Centre and we hope this connection continues to grow. We had a second focus on homelessness and the misconceptions around it. Through the concept of compassion, we aim to make change, even if just for one life at a time. This is the first step in achieving the ultimate goal: equitable access to opportunities for self-fulfilment, where society is free from poverty. Lena Jacob


The Year 12 Service Learning focus is on responsibility and integrity. As a year group, we have focused on understanding the idea of human trafficking. We have learnt about how we can demonstrate integrity and cause changes in the actions of others. During our Service Learning week, we worked alongside Tearfund to create a promotion to raise awareness of ethical fashion and human trafficking. Beth Harper, Relationship Manager at Tearfund, spoke to us about Tearfund’s work and how we can make a change. One of the easiest ways is through our fashion choices. We looked at Tearfund’s Ethical Fashion Guide, which rates popular brands based on their 40


working standards. Researching our fashion choices has helped us take responsibility for where we shop and reduce demand for products made by trafficked people. We watched a video about the shocking statistics of human trafficking and reflected on what we could do to bring about change. Our learning has raised awareness about the important global issues of sex trafficking and ethical fashion and allowed us to think about ways we can make a difference to society.

This year’s Service Learning for Year 13 has focused on the concept of unity. We have been working with Shine, a charity working to make New Zealand homes violence free. The concept of unity connects strongly to the empowerment of young women so that they feel confident promoting healthy relationships with others. We enjoyed a number of presentations from representatives of Shine about their organisation and the importance of healthy relationships. To help enforce these messages, each student received a pamphlet containing Shine information and a contact number if they, or anyone, feel unsafe in a relationship. Students were encouraged to talk to others about Shine and what it stands for. It is important that this organisation is our focus in Year 13 as we move into adult life and our own personal journeys. Bree Meyers




Arts Prefects (from left to right) He-Min Lee, Francesca Towers and Sofie Yeung with the Director of Performing Arts Shelagh Thomson

The Diocesan Arts Awards were held on Wednesday 24 October in our School Hall, which was beautifully decorated by the DioArts team. This special night celebrates the achievement and dedication students have shown in all areas of the creative arts. It has been another fantastic year with students achieving success at regional, national and international levels, and the girls honoured represent the remarkable talent at this School. All our arts awards are given as acknowledgement for work beyond the academic curriculum. We also acknowledge the tremendous contribution of many of our dedicated staff who coach our groups and encourage individuals to achieve at the very highest level.

CUPS AND SPECIAL AWARDS Presented to girls with an exemplary level of commitment, ability and participation.

Jean Gallagher Cup for Commitment to Instrumental Music Sarah Lee, Melody Chen

Sandy O’Brien Cup for Excellence in Drama Performance Belinda Xiong

Terri Crouch Award for Most Promising Vocalist in Year 11 or 12 Olivia Francis

Diocesan Instrumental Cup for longterm loyalty and leadership Emily Gee, Sarah Casey

McCabe Cup for Contribution to School Music Ally Quatermass, Sofie Yeung

Jennifer Macdonald Cup for Contribution to Debating in Year 11 or 12 Lexi Preen

Performing Arts Emma Mason, Jordyn Chan The David Gordon Cup for Excellence and Commitment Sarah Casey The Rosey Eady Cup for a special individual who makes a difference Georgia Brokenshire Imogen Wells Award Francesca Towers

Hazel Kinder Cup for the Most Committed Chorister Aadhya Lahoty The Averill Award for Services to the

Arts Council Award Star Award for 2018 – chosen by the Arts Council Eloise Cameron-Smith DIO TODAY


Jane Hart was the winner of the inaugural Teacher’s Award, presented by Jonathan Sissons from New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty.

RECOGNITION Special tribute was paid to two teachers. The Teacher’s Award is a new award generously donated by Sotheby’s International Realty, and the inaugural award went to Jane Hart for her contribution over many years to debating. Shona McIntyre-Bull was recognised for her significant contribution to choral music.

MERIT AWARDS Merit Awards are presented to students showing a high level of participation and personal commitment to the activity concerned, representing the School through service. Stage management Kaitlin Whiteman Rebecca He Emma Wong-She Visual arts – photography Shellie Hu Millie Tye Brain Bee – design in Neuro-Science Amy Choi Chloe Hickin Deborah Huang Zoe Zhu



Shona McIntyre-Bull, retiring Director of Choral Music, was acknowledged for her outstanding contribution to music at Dio.

Media – film making and digital design Emily Gee Sofie Yeung Victoria Young Chinese dance Sarah Lee Ling Hui Sun Marcella Young Jenny Wang Debating – Junior Premier Team Amy Choi Dianne Ma Zoe Zhu Spoken word – slam poetry Grace David Music – Choral and handbells Hannah Barber-Wilson Jordyn Chan Anneke Cummack Aadyha Lahoty Emma Mason Nancy Wang Performing arts – for Urinetown (5 nominations for Showdown) Best Female in a Leading Role and Best Female Supporting Role Olivia Luxon Francesca Towers Ally Quatermass Olivia Couillault Emma Mason

Verity Andrews Eloise Cameron-Smith Lulu Gordon-Booth Bree Meyers Olivia Francis Jemma Couillault Jemma Lowe Hannah Flacks Hazel Francis Holly Meyers Pippa Morris Rina Nair Grace Riley Performing arts – for National Youth Theatre Company Performance of Cats Pippa Morris Lauren Gregory Lexie Etherington Alice Kitching

DISTINCTION AWARDS Distinction Awards are presented to students who stand out amongst their peers and exhibit an excellent level of commitment, ability and personal achievement. They will have performed with distinction in public, at a regional, national or international competition against senior students in other schools and are judged to be of a standard equivalent to that of the best students in other secondary schools.

Dance – Jazz – NZAMD National Scholarship Award Jessica Hunter Media – digital design and 48-hour film festival Katelyn Thomas Kaitlyn Whiteman Drama – winning both Regional and National Awards at SCGNZ Shakespeare Festival, NZ Theatre Federation Festival for 2b or Not 2b, UK National Theatre Connections Festival with When They Go Low Cindy Bu Anna Casey Ella Carter Olivia Coddington Hannah Flacks Hazel Francis Olivia Francis Billie Hart Sharon Hung Grace Lin Jemma Lowe Olivia Luxon Emma Qiu Emma Wong-She

Sabreen Islam – Ignite Event Management mentoring programme Play it Strange ‘Who Loves Who’ competition Olivia Luxon – national finalist and selection to appear on the 2018 album Instrumental music CMNZ, Concert Band, Jazz Combo, gold award-winning Symphony Orchestra and silver award-winning Concert Band For Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band and NZ Chamber Music competition Hannah Barber-Wilson Teresa Gu Doris Dong Deborah Huang Elma Liao Ling Hui Sun Emma Uren For Concert Band, Jazz Combo and/or Symphony Orchestra Jemma Couillault Diane Ma Kaitlin Mallon


Dance – Dio Hip Hop crew placings in both regional and national competitions Jessy Berman Dayna Cornwell Georgia Dunn Julia Henderson Gemma Seymour Tanushree Sharma Olivia Tombs

Holly Meyers Valentina Rosenbaum-Raynish Antonia Sowter Belinda Xiong Speech and drama – Grade 8 distinction Olivia Luxon Lily Hilary Rebecca Barnhill Ella Carter Contemporary dance and choreography Emma Mason Jordyn Chan Choral music Gold award-winning choir St Cecilia Singers at Big Sing National Finale Lucy Bartlett Phoebe Chow Charlie Collard Doris Dong Summer Edwards Hannah Flacks Lena Jacobs Lauren Komie Aadhya Lahoty Jemma Lowe

Drama – Directing Shakespeare at Regionals A Midsummer Night’s Dream Kaitlin Whiteman Visual arts – painting and photography Yutong He Elizabeth Tan Visual arts – costume design for A Midsummer Night’s Dream Jordyn Chan Contemporary music and songwriting Grace David – Best Original Song at finals of Rockquest, Ignite Event Management mentoring programme

Georgia Brokenshire performed a dance against an alpine backdrop

A scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream



Rebekah Matthews Asmitha Murugananthan Rina Nair Brooke Robertson Lizziey Wright Chielin Xu Debating – Dio Advanced Premier Team and for selection to the Auckland Regional Development Squad Senior Sarah Morrison Lexi Preen Junior Deborah Huang Jessica Woo Elena Wood

BLUE AWARDS The Diocesan Blue Awards are presented to outstanding students who have achieved at a national or international level. It is the top award recognising students selected to represent New Zealand in a team, ensemble or who have achieved top individual results. These students have inspired many younger girls, they have shown grit and determination and have delighted, moved and challenged audiences. TEAM BLUE AWARDS Selected to represent NZ in the Secondary Students’ Choir Olivia Couillault Ally Quatermass Valentina Rosenbaum-Raynish SGCNZ Shakespeare National Songwriting Contest Sarah Casey Olivia Couillault Eloise Cameron-Smith Ally Quatermass Combined instrumental and choral Students in multiple ensembles, nearly all are grade 8 level or above in their instruments. They represent our top chamber musicians and singers who are involved at the highest level in the country. This year they have each



Blue Award winners, from left to right, Melody Chen, Sarah Lee, Polly Davies, Ally Quatermass, Belinda Xiong, He-Min Lee, Francesca Towers, Sofie Yeung and Aadhya Lahoty.

won up to three gold awards in a combination of Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and/or St Cecilia Singers – for some it is their sixth gold in these combinations over three years. Sarah Casey Melody Chen Emily Gee He-Min Lee Sarah Lee Ally Quatermass Francesca Towers Sofie Yeung Olivia Francis Rebecca He Sharon Hung Jacqui Li Emma Wong She Anna Casey Hazel Francis Emma Qiu Jessica Woo Zoe Zhu INDIVIDUAL BLUE AWARDS Grace Riley – Drama Emily Clelland – Drama Anisha de Silva – Drama Flora Fan – Graphic design

Polly Davies – Jazz/Hip Hop He-Min Lee – Music Francesca Towers – Writing Belinda Xiong – Drama Olivia Luxon – Film & Television

BLUE WITH DISTINCTION Awarded to students who have put themselves out on the national or international arena, in a very highprofile way. These awards are for some quite exceptional achievements and personal commitment. Sharon Hung – Music Maddie Knight – Dance Aadhya Lohoty – Indian Classical Music

HONOURS AWARDS Honours Award recipients have achieved above and beyond at secondary school level on both the national and international stage. They hold top awards from previous years and possess a rare talent in their own field of expertise.

Poetry and writing During her time at Dio, Emma has consistently won awards for poetry and prose. Since 2015 she has been a published writer and poet in Signals and ReDraft, New Zealand’s top secondary school writing publications, and has been published in the youth section of the national Flash Fiction Competition. She has recently been announced as the 2018 winner of the Liam and Frankie Davison Award for outstanding achievement in literary writing on an issue in women’s health. This is an Australasian competition, and as the only New Zealand student to win, it is a great honour for Emma. She will be presented with her award by the president of the Royal Australasian and NZ Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists later in the year. To add to her achievements this year, she has had four further publications in the NZ Poetry Society International Competition in both the open category and the Haiku section. Emma is also a highly gifted visual artist and has recently sold an artwork at the Paterson Burn Optometry Art Competition. An accomplished musician and dancer, and having won awards for her music compositions, Emma is a member of the Dio Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band with three golds under her belt, and has participated in handbells since Year 9. As a dancer, this year she passed her RAD Advanced Foundation Ballet exam and gained a Distinction for her ISTD Intermediate Foundation Jazz. She also came third in an Intercultural Dance and Music Challenge with her fusion dance group.


Emma Uren

Georgia Brokenshire Dance

Georgia had her first dance lessons at the age of two and a half in her local community hall, and has excelled in dance ever since. She is about to fulfil her dream, training to become a professional dancer. For the last five years, Georgia gained the highest marks in Australasia for both jazz and contemporary dance, including 100% this year in her Solo Seal for both styles. In hip hop she has twice achieved the highest marks in Australasia. She has received a scholarship for the highest examination mark in Australasia (including Asia) for Advanced Jazz 2 and Level 9 Contemporary from the Asia Pacific Dance Association. This year she was nominated by the New Zealand Association of Modern Dance to compete at the national scholarship weekend. Georgia is also a gifted choreographer, teaching weekly classes and choreographing competition troupes. Her senior dance troupe was awarded a nomination to compete at the national competition, DanceLife United in Sydney later this year. Recently she successfully auditioned for Transit Dance Company, a full-time dance school in Melbourne. She was accepted into their two-year programme for a Diploma of Dance (in Elite Performance) in both the Performing Arts stream and the Contemporary stream. Georgia will begin her full-time study in Melbourne at the beginning of February.

Honours Award recipients Emma Uren (Left) and Georgia Brokenshire (right)




From the Director of






ver the last few months, the on-going build of our state-of-the-art auditorium has become highly visible, the concrete for the stage is set, the walls reach for the sky... The same can be said for the performing and creative arts programmes already materialising around this space. We are fortunate to offer so many platforms for girls to explore the creative arts through dance, drama, music, visual arts and media, all within a culturally and emotionally safe environment. 2018 has been another special year for the arts. Our participation continues to grow, with over 60% of students experiencing a variety of co-curricular arts and cultural programmes. We are very proud of this burgeoning culture of involvement. Once again, the list of achievements from individual students and our topperforming ensembles is impressive. The standards at Dio across the arts and in a variety of genres are staggeringly high, and we remain in the top league. Drama programmes have grown exponentially; this has been demonstrated by the increasing numbers taking part, especially in the Years 7-10 cohort with the Roald Dahl fest for Years 7 and 8 in Term 3, along with the Junior High School production Meet me in Hollywood in Term 4. At the recent NZ Theatre Federation Festival, under the expert guidance of Sarah Spicer and Merrin Fagan, Dio

thespians and their directors were on a winning streak – new student directors Grace Riley and Emily Clelland were acknowledged at national level for their drama directorship. Mehernaz Pardiwalla, Performing Arts Co-ordinator in the Junior School, continues to grow and nurture our fledgling junior programmes. The Chapel Choir received near pop-star status in China when they travelled to Chengdu, and our Junior School String Orchestra won gold awards, this year adding cello and bass players from the new Year 4 programme. Not to mention the flourishing brass culture – the newly formed Junior and Junior High School concert bands have had a brilliant year directed by Jill Christoff and Andrew Uren. This is where we grow the talent, by offering all juniors classroom music, the chance to play an instrument and sing in choirs – they are responding, and the results speak loud and clear! As the year draws to a close, students, staff and community are thrilled with the journeys and the results. We had another amazing sweep at the KBB Festival, taking the top awards with two golds and three ‘Most Outstanding Performance’ awards, gold for our junior choirs at Kids Sing, gold for St Cecilia Singers at the Big Sing Finale; another Shakespeare Globe Centre nominee; Years 12/13 dance students invited to perform at the national youth dance festival You Dance; three Dio musicians selected for the national Who Loves Who album; and Dio hip hop teams blasting the competition circuit.

We have also seen the development of our 45-strong kapa haka group under the tutelage of the amazing Turonga Collective, with Ashley Pahima organising the first noho over a long weekend in the wharanui space. We are the only school outside of the UK to have been accepted into the UK’s National Theatre Connections programme, performing When They Go Low and making it to the top 10 productions. The newly formed JHS Concert Band took their first silver award at the national NZCBA Festival in Wellington. And many solo singers, instrumentalists and dancers have hit the bright lights of the professional stage or screen. This amounts to a significant representation – and many of these achievements are unsurpassed in Dio’s history. These are exceptional achievements for a small school, and none of this could happen without the commitment of parents, the School community and the expertise of our amazing team of professional teachers, tutors and coaches. With a vision for the future, a school that values and supports the arts, six years of top-end results, we continue an exciting journey that is important to the future of all young people who pass through this school. Thank you everyone for your on-going contribution to our successes. Enjoy the summer holidays and roll on 2019! Shelagh Thomson Director of Performing Arts



Shona McIntyre-Bull STEPS DOWN AS CHORAL DIRECTOR Shona’s name is synonymous with choral music at Diocesan, and it is with great sadness that we see her step down from her role as Choral Director. Shona says it was a difficult decision, but it was time to hand over to the next generation of young and talented choral directors. Shona has had an illustrious career. She came to Dio in 2006 after 15 years as a music adviser to schools and a lecturer in music education at the Auckland College of Education. She was teacher-in-charge of Junior High School music programmes, overseeing choirs, orchestras and shows. From 2006 to 2013, Shona was director of Virtuoso Voce, our Years 7 and 8 all-comers choir. In 2010, she took the choir to compete in the 10th International China Chorus Festival in Beijing, winning silver and the International Friendship Award. During this time, the choir won gold at nearly every Kids Sing competition. Then, in 2010, Shona took over directorship of Bella Cantoris, which consistently 48


achieved at the top level for their age group at the Auckland Region New Zealand Choral Federation Big Sing competition, where they have been Best Junior Choir for most of this time. In 2012 Shona was appointed Director of the Choral Programme with oversight over Dio’s eight choirs, and became director of the elite auditioned choir, St Cecilia Singers. This choir went on the achieve gold year after year at the national Big Sing finale. Shona’s legacy is phenomenal. Not only has she been hugely influential within Dio, but she has had a long association with the New Zealand Choral Federation, being a member of its Auckland branch committee from 1992 to 2013, and a current national board member since 2014. As a singer, she has also had a wonderful career, starting with lessons with Dame Sister Mary Leo, placing as a semi-finalist in the Mobil Song Quest in 1979, singing in all the top chamber

choirs in New Zealand, and touring with Voices NZ. 2019 will mark the 45th year that Shona has been a member of a national choir, which she believes is something of a record! During her time studying at the University of Auckland, Shona won both prestigious singing scholarships: Pear-Britten in 1980 and 1981, and the Marie d’Albini scholarship in 1982. These awards would have seen her study singing overseas, however, her ambition was to become a teacher and to inspire others. “Singing is my greatest joy,” she says. “I just hope that, through my teaching, my passion for choral singing is passed on to my students so they too can experience the joy of this art form.” Dio has benefitted hugely from Shona’s expertise and devotion to choral music, and this year has been an amazing year for her to bow out. Her Year 9/10 choir Bella Cantoris achieved the highest awards ever for this age group – the coveted Distinction award, two ‘Best Performance’ awards and a National Finale reserve choir; not to mention another gold for St Cecilia Singers! You’re a star, Shona. What a legacy you leave here at Dio!

This year, for the first time, Diocesan participated in the New Zealand Theatre Federation Theatre Festival at both regional and national levels. At the regionals, Dio won ‘Best Actor’ awards for performances by Grace Riley, Anisha de Silva and Phebe Mason, ‘Best Production’ and ‘Best Director’ awards for 2b or not 2b, and the technical award went to Sam Cunningham for Blind Date. A team of excited Dio thespians travelled to Wellington to take part in

the final of the 49th annual National Festival. The girls were chosen to represent the upper North Island at this prestigious gathering at the National Drama and Dance school Toi Whaakari. The girls took workshops with leading practitioners and immersed themselves in the performances of the other finalists. They were fortunate to meet internationally renowned playwright Sarah Delahunty. The girls did an amazing performance of 2b or not 2b, impressing adjudicator Hilary Norris with their student-directed and


Drama FESTIVALS -produced production. Emily Clelland was awarded ‘Best New Director’ and Anisha de Silva won the Jannat Atichson Award for ‘Emerging Distinctive Talent’ as best actor for her role as Hedda. Natalie Hunter, our drama administrator, won a silver award for her poster for the play Hard to Swallow. To top off an amazing year in drama, at the end of Term 3, 50 Year 7 students presented Roald Dahl’s The BFG, and 40 Year 8s performed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to packed houses.

The girls were thrilled to receive a message from Sarah Delahunty, the worldfamous Kiwi playwright, who delivered a good luck note to their dressing room.







Charlie and the Chocolate Factory




SHOWCASE In August, our Dio students delivered a feast of talent at our annual musical extravaganza in Holy Trinity Cathedral. Few schools in the country can consistently produce this level of performance across so many performance styles and genres. This evening never disappoints with its award-winning choirs and orchestras. We are lucky to have so many motivated and talented girls representing music at Dio. Highlights of the evening were the Year 5 Chapel Choir singing with Bella Cantoris, performing a medley compiled by Shona McIntryre-Bull; the staff Handbell Ringers honing their skills under the directorship of Year 13 student Aadhya Lahoty; the Symphony Orchestra performing their gold award-winning New Zealand work, Gareth Farr’s Time and Tide; a cello fest with our two top Dio cellists both performing concertos; JHS ConcorDio rocking along to Coldplay; and Feijoa Funk performing their Shakespeare Festival song Lady Ambition. Choirs, orchestras, concert and rock bands regaled the School community with their competition repertoires. The evening also included some superb dancing, a contemporary solo by Georgia 52


Brokenshire, and a rousing rendition of America from West Side Story, combining singers, dancers and instrumentalists. We have so many multi-talented girls, but this year a special mention must go to our outstanding singer/ instrumentalists from the Year 13 cohort, triple gold winners Francesca Towers, Sofie Yeung and Ally Quatermass. These students have created the core of St Cecilia Singers, Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, Senior Choir, Divinitus, Jazz Combo, and Concert Band. With enough musical items to fill two evenings, this platform offers the opportunity to perform for nearly 300 girls and 18 different ensembles. These evenings represent the culmination of many hours of rehearsal and hard work by the girls and their directors. It was especially wonderful to celebrate the contribution of Shona McIntryre-Bull who steps down as Choral Director after seven years at the helm. Principal Heather McRae paid tribute to her wonderful contribution and leadership of the choral team in winning multiple gold awards at regional and national level.




2018 KBB Festival This year Dio orchestras have been on a wonderful journey with exciting and challenging repertoire, assisted by new staff member Loata Mahe. The KBB Festival is now the largest youth music festival for instrumentalists in Australasia. It runs over five days and is a huge undertaking for both students and staff. This year we had 75 girls participating in three categories: Symphony, Chamber Orchestra and Concert Band. Each group must prepare a 30-minute programme and be responsible for their own stage management. Under the amazingly competent leadership of Year 13 student leaders Sarah Casey, Sarah Lee, He-Min Li, Belinda Xiong, Emma Gee and Elma Liao our girls performed brilliantly.

We were thrilled and honoured to be the only Auckland school to be represented in both the Symphony and Chamber Orchestra categories at the command gala performances on the final Saturday. Holy Trinity Cathedral is always packed and buzzes with excitement as the best Auckland school students perform their hearts out. Dio received an unprecedented six awards: two golds, one bronze and three ‘Most Outstanding Performance’ awards. This is the second consecutive year that we have been awarded the ‘Best Performance of a New Zealand Work’ award. Last year was for Remember Parihaka by Anthony Ritchie and this year for Gareth Farr’s Time and Tide. Dio Symphony delivered the world premiere

of the live performance of this work and we were excited to bring home this fiercely contested prize again – an exceptional achievement. Our three ensembles received: Chamber Orchestra (director Shelagh Thomson) • Gold award • ‘Most Outstanding Performance of a Romantic Work’ (Emily Ai – Rococo Variations) Symphony Orchestra (director Shelagh Thomson) • Gold award • ‘Most Outstanding Performance of a New Zealand Work’ • ‘Most Outstanding Soloist’ award (Sharon Hung – Elgar Cello Concerto) Concert Band (director Andrew Uren) • Bronze award • Silver award at NZCBA Festival in Wellington

Kids SING Virtuoso Voce, our all-comers Years 7 and 8 choir, under the directorship of Rachel Sutherland, performed magnificently at the Auckland Town Hall in August. They received the following awards: • Gold award • ‘Best Years 7 and 8 Choir’ • ‘Best Performance of a New Zealand Work’ This is a wonderful accolade for the girls, and our choral programme continues to produce the best junior choirs in the country.




Big SING In August, St Cecilia Singers, directed and coached by Shona McIntyre-Bull and Rachel Sutherland, spent four days in Wellington at the Big Sing finale, and once again brought home the coveted gold award. The judges commented that the top choirs had impressed with their choice of repertoire and technical skill and emphasised that New Zealand school choirs rate amongst the best in the world. Our three choirs, along with 10,000 singers and 265 choirs across the

country, competed at regional level this year, gaining top awards. The selection process took 900 students and 24 choirs to the national finale – and with six golds awarded this year, this puts St Cecilia Singers in the very top group of performing choirs in the country. St Cecilia Singers performed an impressive collation of works, the star turn being their New Zealand work Land Pictures by renowned NZ composer Leonie Holmes, who, at their final rehearsal, personally coached the choir.

St Cecilia Singers performing at Music Showcase

This year the outstanding New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir also performed on the final Saturday, having just returned from a successful tour of Singapore and Hong Kong. We are extremely fortunate to have on our staff Rachel Sutherland, an assistant director of this national choir. Valentina RosenbaumRaynish, Ally Quatermass, Olivia Couillault and Kitty Milner proudly represented Dio. The level of choral coaching here is some of the best in the country and we are very proud of our talented and experienced staff.

LEWIS EADY Junior competitions

Lewis Eady String Orchestra

Lewis Eady Trio

At the end of Term 3, Dio entered nearly 60 girls into the Lewis Eady competition and were thrilled with the results.

Bierre. This is the first year we have added cello and bass players from the new Year 4 programme.

Our Junior School String Orchestra came home with their first gold award, a fantastic achievement for our Years 5 and 6 string players who have flourished under the directorship of Ms Susan

The JHS string trio, The Felis Trio, performed Badinage from Five Pieces by Cesar Cui. These talented Years 7 and 8 students, Amanda Yu (violin) Eleanor Christiansen (violin) and Heidi

Lewis Eady Concert Band

Ye (piano), performed to a very high standard and won a silver award. Our 30-strong brass and wind players from the newly formed Junior School Concert Band have had a brilliant year. Directed by Jill Christoff and Andrew Uren, this fabulous group of young players came home with a silver award. DIO TODAY


Year 8 band Lift

RockQuest, BandQuest and song-writing JHS Concert Band

Concert Band National Festival In August, 55 excited instrumentalists flew to Wellington to participate in the NZCBA Festival. Last year our Senior Concert Band, directed by Andrew Uren, entered for the first time and came home with a silver award. This year it was a first for our newly formed Junior High School Concert Band, directed by Jill Christoff. The girls had an absolute ball, along with staff Margaret van Meeuwen, Rachael Brand and a lot of very keen parents. The weekend included workshops and competitions with amazing concert bands participating from all over the country. It was rounded off with a visit to the National War Memorial Museum where the girls got to see Peter Jackson’s Great War Exhibition. Two Dio students were selected to lay the wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Senior Concert Band



Dio has been involved in RockQuest for over a decade. This year Feijoa Funk (Sarah Casey, Ally Quatermass, Olivia Couillault and Eloise CameronSmith) featured prominently in both RockQuest and song-writing. They were regional finalists in RockQuest and came second in the SGCNZ Shakespeare song-writing contest with Lady Ambition. They also placed as finalists in the ‘Play It Strange’ Lion Foundation song-writing competition. Two Year 8 rock bands represented Dio at BandQuest: Timeless Sound (Alexandra Dickens, Alice Sharpe, Bella Cranefield and Rebecca Hounsell); and Lift (Aimee Schnuriger, Olivia Turnbull, Gemma Willemsen, Hazel Griffiths and Victoria Wright). Both bands performed superbly and got a great response from the audience. Lift wrote their own song and picked up the ‘Rock Styles’ award. These bands play each week as part of our fast-growing Jam Factory band programme. Also writing amazing songs are Sabreen Islam, Grace David and Gracie Scragg who competed in the Solos and Duos category of RockQuest. Grace David won the ‘Best Song’ award with her original song Secrets of a Child. Grace’s lyric writing is poignant and her melodies are evocative. We know she will go a long way. Grace David and Sabreen Islam were also accepted into the Ignite Event Management mentoring programme. One of their activities was to create a significant event. Grace and Sabreen produced and promoted ‘Hideaway’

– an unplugged gig featuring Jamie McDell, Feijoa Funk and Wanderers. It was a huge success and a fun night out. This year two songs by Diocesan students made it onto the Who Loves Who album: Olivia Luxon (Year 12) with Kings and Queens by Brooke Fraser, and Fiona 'Otai and Rosie Leishman with Reel by Fazerdaze. Their tracks, the girls’ original interpretations of New Zealand songs, were recorded in Dio's music production studio by our tech wizard Sam Cunningham.

Feijoa Funk

Year 8 band Timeless Sound





The pinnacle of the winter season for many codes took place in early September during the annual Winter Tournament Week. The week is set aside for winter codes to run their national or regional tournaments – an opportunity for the best school teams from across New Zealand to come together and compete. This year Dio had a number of teams competing around the country across a range of sporting codes. Thank you to the coaches, managers, staff and volunteers who supported our teams throughout the week, and congratulations to all our athletes who took part and represented the School. In and around Winter Tournament Week also saw many individual sports hold their national championships. These events often see competitors compete individually, but combine points and/or times with other Dio students to compete as a team.

1ST XI HOCKEY The 1st XI Hockey team finished ninth in the Federation Cup, held in Whangarei. Coming up against eventual champions Iona in the round of 16, they were unfortunately knocked out. They finished the tournament strongly, winning all remaining games and beat Bethlehem 4-1 in the final game with an outstanding performance.

2ND XI HOCKEY The 2nd XI Hockey team travelled the furthest of all teams, competing in Ashburton at the Chris Arthur Cup, a tournament solely for 2nd XIs. The young team had a great week with some outstanding performances, finishing sixth overall after just missing out on the semi-finals.

1ST XI FOOTBALL The 1st XI Football team was offered a place in the Lotto Premiere Tournament that was held in Taupo. With a relatively young tournament team consisting of Year 9 and 10 girls, they demonstrated their desire and enthusiasm throughout the week, gaining wins over St Cuthbert’s and Mount Albert Grammar. The tournament ended with a penalty shootout in the final game, in which they lost to Otago and finished 22nd overall.



For the second year, Diocesan competed at the NZ Basketball Northern Cup held at Bruce Pullman Park in Takanini. The girls arrived in high spirits after placing fifth last year. The team played extremely well throughout pool play, and progressed into the semifinal. They had a tough game against Manurewa High and did exceptionally well to win 48-42. In an exciting final game, the girls went down to Pakuranga 71-61. It was a fantastic effort to finish second in the tournament.

The Premier Netball team competed in the UNISS Tournament held in Tauranga. The team went through pool play unbeaten against some tough opposition and were only beaten in the playoff rounds. After a couple of close games, they got themselves into a position to finish in the top five. The final day gave them a tough game against Putaruru and unfortunately, they couldn’t do enough to finish in that fifth spot. The team finished in sixth place in the C division, having played through the week with great spirit. DIO TODAY


Junior A Underwater Hockey team exploring Rotorua

UNDERWATER HOCKEY – JUNIORS AND SENIORS The underwater hockey teams competed at the NZ Secondary Schools’ Championships held in Rotorua. Both teams played superbly, with the seniors winning against Epsom Girls in their last game 2-1 to win a bronze medal. The juniors were unbeaten throughout the whole tournament, eventually beating Nelson Girls’ 6-3 in the final to win the gold medal! An outstanding achievement from both teams!

Emma Blackwood had a strong finish in the road race coming in 12th, one second behind the winner. Overall it was a really successful week for the Dio team – all the girls worked incredibly hard and supported each other well.



The results from the National Secondary Schools’ Championships were as follows: Chantelle May (2nd), Hannah Irwin (3rd), Kennedy Howse (27th).

The swimming nationals were held in Wellington. The team of 18 competed over three days, amassing a total of 33 medals between them – 14 gold, 16 silver and three bronze. This was an amazing achievement for the team and, as a result, the girls were awarded the ‘Top National Girls’ School’ for swimming.

The women’s foil team – made up of Hannah Irwin (captain), Chantelle May and Kennedy Howse, won the Women’s Foil Team Championships and are national champions for the fourth year in a row.

CYCLING The Diocesan cycling team produced some well-earned results at the New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Road and Criterium Points Race Nationals in the last weekend of Term 3. With the nationals in Christchurch for the first time in 50 years, the junior Time Trail Team kicked off the weekend with a strong seventh place finish. This team was a mix of first-year and experienced riders, so it was a great achievement. Girls in the team were Arabella Tuck, Prudence Fowler, Georgia Hair, and Emma Blackwood. Prudence Fowler had an outstanding weekend with a second place finish in the Road Race, 1/100th of a sceond behind the winner. She went on to dominate the Criterium Points Race on the final day of racing, finishing in first place. 58


Dio Basketball team


SAILING The Diocesan sailing team competed at the Inter Dominion Teams’ Racing Championships during the school holidays in Algies Bay. The Inter Dominion Championships involves the top three New Zealand and Australian schools from their respective 420 National Championships. The girls raced extremely well and just missed the podium, coming in fourth place. They were part of the NZ team that took out the overall win across the girls’ and open age groups. The girls had an awesome team culture and represented the School with pride. We are looking forward to seeing how the team improves leading into 2019.

The 2018 season has been a difficult one for the Dio snowsports team with weather not coming to the party this winter. Unfortunately, the Intermediate Championships were cancelled on all three days due to weather conditions, while the Senior North Island Championships allowed only the final day for racing. The snowboarders Cassie Gray and Tyler Gleye also didn’t find much action, with only half the competition getting a start. The senior ski girls were prepared to put it on the line for their one and only run. The Dio A team finished on the same points as Kristin School for the overall title but placed second on countback. They did, however, pick up the girls’ title for the third year in a row. Dio B team had a rollercoaster of results but ended the day with fourth place overall.

Erratum We apologise that in the August issue of Dio Today this photograph, taken at the 25th anniversary rowing function, was incorrectly captioned. It should have read: From left to right: Brian Cheeseman, Liz Dunn, Nina Field (Coenraadts), Andrea Goodman (Rix-Trott) and Sarah Laird.


AIMS GAMES From humble beginnings in 2004, where 760 students from 17 schools competed across four sporting codes, the AIMS Games have grown into an international sporting event for Years 7 and 8 students that outnumbers the Commonwealth Games in terms of participants. The 2018 edition continued to reach new levels, with over 10,000 participants converging on Mt Maunganui from 7 – 12 September for a week of sport and activity. The AIMS Games provides students with the opportunity to compete at the elite level against the best, while embracing fair play and the joys of being active. This year, Dio had 81 students representing the School across a range of sports – hockey, netball, futsal, football, rock climbing, golf, water polo, swimming, hip hop, cross country and lawn bowls. Each and every student represented themselves and the School with pride and the famous ‘Team Dio’ spirit was on display for all to see, as students got out and supported each other throughout the week. With competitors playing up to three games a day, the week is not only physically exhausting, but mentally tough as well, and the Dio team was well supported by a great bunch of coaches, managers and staff. Thank you to everyone who was involved for what was an incredible week.

Special congratulations to Lindsay Hounsell (Rebecca’s grandfather) who won a medal for the best supporter at the rock climbing, and to the following students:

WATER POLO Gold medal in the girls’ competition. The team was: Eva Allan, Madeline Carpenter, Isabella Dalton, Georgia Daly, Ava Darbyshire, Jemima Dryden, Billie Frecker Netten, Sophia Jackson, Louise Masefield, Jenna Veal.

HOCKEY Bronze medal in the girls’ competition. The team was: Felicity Bannatyne, Sydney Bell, Lucy Blanchard, Tiffany

Charvill, Alexandra Dickens, Kate Gibson, Anna Hamilton, Anais Hamilton, Suzannah Kennelly, Bella-Rose Mountfort, Nikita Parag, Mclane Parore, Sofia Phillimore, Amy Shennan, Olivia Turnbull, Victoria Wright.

ROCK CLIMBING Silver medal in the girls’ Year 8 competition to Rebecca Hounsell.

FUTSAL Silver medal in the girls’ competition. The team was: Bella Cranefield, Eliza East, Rebecca Farrer, Lucia Ferguson, Siena Grayson, Lucy Irwin, Indigo Kirk, Hannah Smith, Mary Stanfield.

Lindsay Hounsell with her grandfather

The football team



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Sports Council

Both recipients of Honours Awards at this year’s Sports Awards, Georgia Skelton and Morgan McDowall are great ambassadors for their sports. Here they share some background and thoughts with us.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE SPORT? Georgia I grew up spending a lot of time in the outdoors, and regularly competed in mountain biking races. I discovered foot orienteering in Year 7 and at this point I had no idea MTBO (mountain bike orienteering) even existed! A couple of years later I heard about some events down in Rotorua and thought why not combine my two favourite sports; mountain biking and orienteering? My Mum and I travelled down for the weekend and from the first race I was hooked! Morgan At the age of 11 years old, my family and I returned to New Zealand after living in Romania for three and a half years, where my favourite sports were athletics and fencing. I even competed in a Romanian National Fencing Competition and won an U-11 national title. However, where we lived, there weren’t many 60


Georgia Skelton

local clubs around, and I wanted to try other sports. Near our home is the local council swimming pool where they hold a weekly Sunday night flippaball and water polo competition. I played my first flippaball game (junior water polo) when I was 11 and it all began from there.

WHAT INFLUENCED YOU TO DO IT? Georgia Mum was the one who encouraged me to try it out and I thought it was a cool concept, especially since I already did both mountain biking and orienteering.

Morgan My mother encouraged my siblings and me to try as many sports as we could. By the time I had finished my intermediate years at school I had played almost every sport. I have always been a relatively strong swimmer, but hated swimming up and down the pool, following the black line. At first water polo was more of a social thing, playing alongside my school friends, and helping me keep fit for Surf Club, but then my love and passion grew immensely.


My biggest achievement was making the New Zealand Senior Women’s team at the age of 15. I was named as a nontravelling reserve in 2017, and then in the starting line-up earlier this year. It was always a big goal of mine to play in this team, but I didn’t think it would happen quite so soon.


Morgan McDowall


New Zealand Youth and New Zealand Senior Women’s teams.

Georgia Hours and hours! A wise person once told me you only get out of training what you put in. I’m not doing as much now that most competitions are over, but leading up to the World Championships I was riding at least six times a week, while also trying to juggle running training for foot orienteering. There was hardly a day of rest from March to August! My main sessions each week were a long ride of three to six hours to build my aerobic capacity, and one or two hours of hill reps to build muscle strength. My favourite training ride goes from Clevedon down to the Mangatawhiri Dam in the Hunua Ranges. It is about a three and a half hours round trip with over 1,200m of climbing.


Morgan Normally, I would have two or three water polo pool sessions a week with my club and/or school teams. As strange as it may seem, I don’t particularly like swim training, so I try to run or go to the gym three or four times a week instead. Sometimes I mix it up, like at the end of last year I did Muay Thai kickboxing twice a week. Leading up to major International tournaments, we would normally have three trainings a day: a gym session, a swim session and one water polo pool session. Now however, I am trying to have a bit of a break, as I have just returned from Greece, Serbia, and Russia playing in the

Georgia Making it onto the podium at the Junior World MTBO Championships this year in Austria was by far my proudest achievement, knowing that my months of hard work and determination had paid off. Over the week of racing, I placed fourth in the middle distance and sixth in the sprint distance. At the World Champs the top six are acknowledged on the podium, so it was very special for me to wear the silver fern and stand up there next to some of the most experienced U-21 girls. Morgan My proudest moment was at the NZ School Nationals this year in Wellington, playing against St Cuthbert’s in the final. Unfortunately, I got three major fouls, and was removed from the game in the last quarter with two minutes to go (meaning I wasn’t allowed to play the rest of the game). We were up by one goal, but in the last four seconds of the game, St Cuthbert’s scored to equalise. The game then went into a penalty shootout. I wasn’t allowed to take part in the shootout, but we came out on top, with my team mates doing so well to keep composed. I have never felt prouder of my fellow Dio girls for believing in themselves.

Georgia Definitely still riding! I love the sport, the atmosphere and the people and will keep on competing for as long as I can. I am hoping to head to Denmark for my second World Championships next year, and I anticipate many more after that. Morgan My short-term goal (3-5 years) would be to gain a scholarship to an American university. My long-term goal (6-10 years) would be to get a contract to play professionally for a top club in Greece, Spain or Italy. In the far future I see myself coming back to New Zealand and helping develop the next generation, and to give back to the sport through my school and my club.

IF YOU COULD GIVE AN ASPIRING YOUNG SPORTS WOMAN A PIECE OF ADVICE WHAT WOULD THAT BE? Georgia Leave your race at the finish line. No matter how amazingly or terribly you think it went, don’t dwell on it because if you do, you will never move forward. Reflect and look for lessons to learn from, but at the end of the day focus on the next race, because it will never be the same. Most important of all, enjoy every moment because passion is what drives the soul. Morgan Find a balance. I have always struggled with this, but I know it is important that you find a balance with your sport, school and wellbeing and other important matters in your life. You’re not perfect, nobody is. You are allowed to make mistakes, but learn from them and grow from there. DIO TODAY


Sports Awards

Celebrating the top achievers in Dio sport, the 2018 Diocesan Sports Awards were held on Friday 26 October at Eden Park. Guest speaker Emma Twigg, currently aiming for her fourth Olympic Games, spoke about her road to being an Olympic rower at 18 years old, and her experiences since.

TOP HONOURS The Honours Award recognises achievement at the highest level, the recipients having demonstrated exceptional ability in their chosen sports. The award winners have all represented New Zealand at a world championship event. Lena Jacob / Fencing Lena’s attitude to training, improving and learning is second to none. She has a hunger to get better every time she sets foot on the piste and wastes no opportunities. In 2018, Lena was selected to represent New Zealand at multiple events the world over. The list of her achievements is extensive, but highlights include first in the Australian U-17 Championships, second in the U-17 Commonwealths, third in the U-20 Commonwealths, first in the New Zealand U-17 Championships, first in the New Zealand U-20 Championships and member of the NZ senior team that won the Oceania Championships.

Guest speaker Olympic rower Emma Twigg

Georgia Skelton / Mountain biking Georgia Skelton has had a stellar 2018. She represented New Zealand at the 2018 World Mountain Bike Orienteering World Championships in Austria where her dedication and perseverance paid off, placing fourth in the middle distance and sixth in the sprint. Georgia is also a very accomplished foot orienteer, her Blues Award in that sport further displaying her dedication. Alice Haslett / Sailing Sailing has a very proud history at this school and Alice has continued the great success of this sport in 2018. She is a force to be reckoned with out on the water and has an ability to read a race and the conditions far beyond her years. This has led Alice to the following achievements: selection to represent New Zealand at the 420 Open World Championships, 14th in the World Youth Sailing Championships, and the 29er girls’ national champion. Gina Galloway / Swimming Gina will leave Diocesan this year as one of the most decorated swimmers in our

Honours Award winners, from left to right, Lena Jacob, Gina Galloway, guest speaker Emma Twigg, Morgan McDowall, Charlie Hooke, Claudia Morgan and Shinae Carrington



School’s history. A prolific race winner and the current holder of multiple Dio swimming records, Gina has been an impressive talent in the pool for many years. Gina was selected to represent New Zealand at the Youth Olympic Games this year, being the top ranked U-17 female swimmer in the country. Gina sets a fine example in hard work and perseverance, characteristics she has displayed since starting to swim at Dio in Year 5. Shinae Carrington / Water polo This marks the second year Shinae has received an Honours Award, representing New Zealand at the Fina World Youth Championships again in 2018. Shinae has a level of maturity that makes her one of the most reliable teammates and someone who everyone wants on their team. In 2018 she has perfected her craft with a large number of hours put into training and subtle improvements, resulting in her being one of the top all round talents in the country. Shinae has made numerous rep teams and represented New Zealand on many occasions. There is strong sense that this young woman will have many more opportunities to represent this country. Charlie Hooke / Water polo A rising star in the pool, Charlie Hooke has had a phenomenal year. Fast becoming a brick wall in goal, Charlie’s ability to sight the ball and react in milliseconds, gained her selection to represent New Zealand at the World Youth Championships in Serbia this year. Charlie has no fear in goal and takes ownership of her responsibility to be the last line of defence. Her willingness to learn and take on critique has accelerated her performance and play in

Claudia Morgan / Water polo Claudia has dominated in pools the world over in 2018. A strong player with an exceptional shot and ability to read the game, Claudia was selected to represent New Zealand at the 2018 Fina World Youth Championships. Claudia always has an eye for the ball and seems to predict play with ease – it is said that a good player knows where the ball is and great player knows where it is going to be – further supporting Claudia’s cause to be a regarded as a great player. New to Diocesan, Claudia quickly found a home with water polo this year and is a very valued and respected member of the team – a credit to her ability to put the team first and lead by example. Morgan McDowall / Water polo A supreme talent, Morgan McDowall is already making her mark on the world water polo scene. A member of the New Zealand Women’s senior team that competed at the Senior World Cup and World League and being the youngest by a long way, is just the tip of this girl’s achievement iceberg. Morgan’s ability to play at such a level despite the opposition’s age or experience is simply amazing. That Morgan is gifted is in no doubt, but her work ethic matches, if not exceeds this. Tireless dedication to improving every day is a hallmark of Morgan’s success. A role model for all younger players and no doubt someone to keep an eye on in coming years. The final top awards for the evening were the Del Hooper Cup for Outstanding Individual Achievement, jointly won by Georgia Skelton and Morgan McDowall and the Sportswoman of the Year Cup. This year’s winner was Gina Galloway. We look forward to following Gina as she continues her journey in the realm of high-performance sport and, like all our top award winners, she represents all that is great about Diocesan sport.

From left to right, Gina Galloway, Emma Twigg, Morgan McDowall and Georgia Skelton.


the pool. She is now regarded as a top goalie talent in the country.

The Spraggon McFarlane Cup Awarded each year to an outstanding sports captain Mackenzie Alderson In the sport of sailing, Mackenzie does it all; an accomplished sailor on the water and a phenomenal leader off it. Mackenzie sets a culture of enjoyment and inclusiveness in the sailing squad that has seen the sport grow to its biggest numbers during her two years at the helm. It has been said that Mackenzie simply makes sailing ‘fun’ and the girls love having her as their leader. She is always open to ideas from the girls, no matter how old they are, and supports each member of the squad with great enthusiasm. A well-deserved award!

Dio Sport Student Official of the Year Lexie Etherington Winning this award four years in a row is simply an outstanding achievement! It’s no secret that Lexie is a fantastic official in the sport of hockey. This year Lexie was appointed to the premier reserve panel and Federation Cup panel and officiated in the finals of both these competitions. Lexie has an extremely impressive resume already, refereeing multiple finals, but along with this Lexie is also the head mentor for junior umpires in Auckland. Dio Sport Student Coach of the Year Ruby Cotter and Sophia Francis Ruby is a coach who players simply love to play for; her care and ability to connect with her players is something truly special. Even with her duties as code captain for netball, Ruby still found time to coach and play in 2018. A member of Dio’s premier team for many years, Ruby has shown great leadership

on and off the court. A long-serving coach in the Junior School, Sophia has always had a passion for setting a fun team environment were all girls feel welcome and free to express themselves. She understands the importance of putting the needs of the girls first and her level of care for her teams is unmatched. On top of her coaching, Sophia has many other commitments: she plays hockey herself, volunteers at after-school care and is one of the School’s community service leaders.

Dio Sport Coach of the Year Angie Winstanley-Smith People throw the word ‘passion’ around so much that its meaning gets lost – however, since Angie arrivied at Diocesan in 2014, we have seen passion in its purest form. The passion she brings every single day has made Diocesan the premier water polo school in the country. The titles gained at every level of the game speak to the quality programme Angie has created, but it’s her ability to get the most out of her athletes that sets her apart from the rest. High expectations with firm feedback and a dash of humor inspire all to go beyond what they see as possible. It is a privilege to have Angie leading our water polo programme.

The Angela Coe Cup This award recognises outstanding voluntary service to better sport at Diocesan Jimmy Matthews DIO TODAY


Dio Cycling’s ‘go to’ man – Jimmy Matthews has been integral to the sports operations for the past five years. Early mornings, transporting all kinds of equipment, setting up the club gear, helping anyone who needs it – Jimmy is always there and willing to pitch in. Never one to make a big deal of anything, Jimmy simply gets the job done.

Fuji Xerox Staff Contribution to Sport Award Presented by Alyse Seekup from Fuji Xerox Kate Pilkington A very deserving winner of this award is hockey manager extraordinaire Kate Pilkington. Kate can be seen at every 1st XI game, performing the numerous tasks required. Fed Cups, trips overseas and late nights are the norm for this superwoman. Kate is more than just a typical manager, what she brings to the team environment is special and something valued by all. Her ability to set a relaxed and supportive atmosphere in the dugout, on the sideline or at School is highly valued by all members of the team. Player of the Year Awards This is the first time these awards have been recognised at this event. Athletics Gabby Hayton Badminton Jessica Li Basketball Grace Michie Lawn Bowls Emma Mason Cricket Hetali Patel Cross Country India James Cycling Prudence Fowler Dragon Boating Sunny Zhou Equestrian Francesca Masfen Fencing Lena Jacob Football Ella Russ Futsal Ellie Smith Hockey Anna Bannatyne and Izzy Gill Lacrosse Olivia Shelby-Brown Netball Zoe Tinkler Orienteering Jessica Sewell and Georgia Skelton Rowing Isabella Carter and Holly Schiele Sailing Alice Haslett Skiing Katie Crawford Swimming Gina Galloway Tennis Sophie Michl 64


Touch Mimi Bond Under water Montana Wilson hockey Volleyball Sophia Ernst Water polo Morgan McDowall and Shinae Carrington

The Vicki Hearfield Cup Awarded in memory of Vicki Hearfield, a former director of sport at Dio. When Vicki joined Diocesan in 1989, she instituted the Sports Awards and the Awards Dinner at which the sporting achievements of our students are recognised. Vicki had great respect for students who showed an exceptionally high level of initiative, enthusiasm and passion for their chosen sports. The Hearfield Award recognises this and is presented each year to a student who has demonstrated these qualities. Emma Leaming Emma is a fine example of initiative, enthusiasm and passion. As code captain of both rowing and football, and Sport Prefect, Emma has contributed to the Dio community in more ways than we can imagine. Emma’s positive attitude is infectious and has inspired a culture within sport that is special and unique to Diocesan. She is a role model for what is great about sport at Diocesan – she works extremely hard, has a great attitude and is always putting others first. We wish Emma all the best with her future endeavours and thank her for her impact on this community.

amount of dedication and diligence. In her sports of water polo and swimming, Isobel has reached great heights in the pool but it is out of the pool where the service of this young woman is best seen. A quiet but thoughtful and intelligent leader – a student coach for a number of years, Isobel has mentored many of the young water polo stars of the future. No job is ever too much or at the wrong time, Izzy is always willing to help and think of ways to improve the sport.

Diocesan Sports Team of the Year The Diocesan Premier Water Polo team What a season these young women have had! Auckland champions, North Island champions and New Zealand champions and undefeated in all three competitions. Talent is one thing that this team has aplenty, however the strength of this team was its attitude that no matter what happened, everyone was capable of stepping up. This came to the fore in the NZSS final that went to a penalty shoot-out. Dio’s ability to hold its nerve but also its confidence in everyone’s ability shone through. Great teams are always built on trust and togetherness, two things that this team had in spades. Congratulations on a historic season – we are all so proud of your efforts and what you have achieved.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS Athletics Samantha van den Hurk – Merit Gabby Hayton – Distinction Badminton Flora Fan – Merit Jessica Li – Distinction

The Allison Roe Service to Sport Award Presented each year to a student who has contributed to Diocesan sport as an athlete and a leader over their secondary school years Isobel Avis Isobel is a young woman with a huge

Basketball Meghna Gautam – Merit Cycling Eloise Cameron-Smith – Merit Amelia Matthews – Distinction Prudence Fowler – Blues

Fencing Hannah Irwin – Blues Lena Jacob – Honours Football Emma Leaming – Merit Michaela Buckley – Merit Sarah Morrison – Merit Aimee Fairbairn – Merit Ella Russ – Blues Futsal Kitty Greensill – Merit Michaela Buckley – Distinction Ella Russ – Distinction Ellie Smith – Distinction Hockey Anabel Withy – Merit Izzy Gill – Merit Bella Armstrong – Distinction Mimi Bond – Distinction Anna Bannatyne – Distinction Alice McIlroy-Foster – Distinction Arabella Loveridge – Distinction Lucy Bannatyne – Blues Lacrosse Gabriella Sansom – Merit Antonia Sowter – Merit Hattie Beaumont – Merit Ella Jacobs – Merit Jamie Shorter – Distinction Olivia Selby-Brown – Distinction Lifesaving Charlotte Blakey – Merit Olivia Coulter – Merit Zora Dai - Merit Mountain bike orienteering Georgia Skelton – Honours Netball Ella Cooper – Merit Ruby Cotter – Merit Zoe Tinkler – Merit Elena Winstanley – Merit Briar Adams – Merit Rachel Speir – Merit Claudia Lamerton – Merit Orienteering Cara Bradding – Distinction India James – Distinction

Olivia Collins – Blues Jessica Sewell – Blues Georgia Skelton – Blues

Claudia Morgan – Honours Morgan McDowall – Honours

Rowing Emma Leaming – Merit Sacha Sampson – Merit Lauren Furley – Merit Eleanor Griffiths – Merit Grace Johnstone – Merit Grace Michie – Merit Valentina Rosenbaum-Raynish – Merit Izzy Carter – Distinction Olivia Maxwell – Distinction Holly Schiele – Distinction Sadie Sumich – Distinction Fanni Meron – Distinction


Sailing Mackenzie Alderson – Merit Alice Haslett – Honours Skiing Katie Crawford – Distinction Swimming Isobel Avis – Merit Claudia Avis – Distinction Nicole Lockie – Distinction Imogen Rodgers – Blues Conor Tarrant – Blues Alice Waldow – Blues Gina Galloway – Honours Tennis Jessica Hunter – Merit Jess Rolle – Merit Sophie Michl – Distinction Underwater hockey Jess Huddart – Merit Nauma Islam – Merit Jenny Wang – Merit Nicole Lockie – Distinction Olivia Coulter – Blues Montana Wilson – Blues Volleyball Zora Dai – Merit Gabriella Sansom – Merit Antonia Sowter – Merit Water polo Isobel Avis – Merit Jessica Shorter-Robinson – Distinction Zita Sumich - Distinction Abigail Allison – Blues Claudia Avis – Blues Eleanor Spillane – Blues Madeleine Gault – Blues Shinae Carrington – Honours Charlie Hooke – Honours


Equestrian Olivia Chitty – Merit Rebecca Davey – Distinction Francesca Masfen – Distinction Antonia Verissimo – Distinction Becki Williamson – Blues

Duathlon Blues – U-16 Duathlon team – 1st NZSS Duathlon Blues – U-20 Duathlon team – 1st NZSS Duathlon Equestrian Merit – Equestrian eventing team – 1st at AKSS Fencing Blues – Premier Fencing team – 1st NZSS Team Foil Futsal Merit – Premier Futsal team – AKSS Premier Futsal League winners Orienteering Blues – Senior Orienteering Rogaine team – 1st NZSS Rogaine Championships Blues – Senior Championships Orienteering team – 1st NISS and NZSS Rowing Merit – Diocesan Rowing U-16 8+ – 1st Head of Harbour, 2nd NISS Merit – Diocesan Rowing U-16 4+ – 1st Head of Harbour, 2nd NISS Merit – Diocesan Rowing U-18 Novice 4 – 1st Head of Harbour Merit – Diocesan Rowing U-17 4+ – 2nd NISS Sailing Merit – Premier Sailing – 2nd at regionals Skiing Merit – Premier Skiing – 2nd at NISS Swimming Blues – Senior Swimming team – 1st at Nationals Blues – Senior medley relay team – 1st Blues – Senior 100m freestyle relay team – 1st Blues – 50m freestyle relay team – 1st Underwater hockey Distinction – Premier Underwater Hockey team – 3rd NISS Water polo Blues – Premier Water Polo team – 1st AKSS, NISS and NZSS




Lost trees The Norfolk pines come down – July 2018




Recently Diocesan lost four old friends. In fact, four very old friends who had been part of our corporate life since Miss Pulling’s time. I am, of course, referring to the two enormous Norfolk Island pines growing between the Junior School and Centennial Building, and two rimu trees in the eastern corners of School House lawn. Readers need not fear that the School is now hell-bent on removing all its trees; in fact, far from it. On a comparatively small site, our trees and gardens are all the more precious. However, trees can sometimes fail or become dangerous and this is what happened here. The Norfolk pines are members of the family of Araucarian pines, which include the Monkey Puzzle tree from Chile, the ancient Wollemi pine from Australia, as well as kauri species from Queensland, Fiji, New Caledonia and, of course Agathis australis, the New Zealand kauri. Between 1860 and 1940, Norfolk Island pines had been a popular specimen tree because of what, to European eyes, were their unusual foliage and striking shape, and because of their ability to cope well with coastal conditions. Down at Mission Bay, Bishop Selwyn and Bishop Patteson planted Norfolk pines in the late 1860s, and so the trees are also a reminder of the earliest years of the Melanesian Mission and of the tragic death of Bishop Patteson at Nukapu in September 1871. Like all the Araucarian pines, the Norfolk Island pines are coniferous, but where most of the other species’ cones are comparatively small, the Norfolk Island pine cone is about the size of a football and very heavy when fresh. With the larger of the two Norfolk pines here at Diocesan a candidate for world record height, a falling pine cone could do much damage! In fact, several cones had already fallen during stormy weather and shattered roof tiles on the Junior School buildings. As a result, about a third of the Junior School playground had to be cordoned off in order to protect students, parents and staff from injury. Finally, a difficult decision was made, and permission sought, to have these trees removed. That the trees had reached such a size probably has more to do with not having had the funds to follow the example of many

Stirling House in the 1870s – This house stood on the site of Cowie House (1920-2001), now the west end of Centennial Building. Notice the well-staked small Norfolk Island pine in the righthand foreground and another slightly larger a little further to the right and in amongst the other shrubs, and two European pines.

neighbouring land owners and fell the trees decades earlier. On a cool grey day in the July holidays, a team of hardy arborists arrived and took out both trees in a single day. Now, in addition to having a safer campus, there is much more light in rooms whose windows look west from Centennial Building, and plans are evolving toward developing a new garden for Junior School students on the site of the old trees. While in keeping with conditions attendant upon the consent to remove the pines, two tulip poplars Liriodendron tulipfera, will also be planted on campus. It is good to have made the campus a brighter, safer place, but we will still miss the trees that had been such a visible part of our School throughout its first 114 years. Two other friends we will miss are the old rimu trees which, for over a century, had grown in the eastern corners of School House lawn, and framed School House so elegantly. Since June and the felling of the big trees, there was much quiet concern amongst the property

Miss Pulling and staff under the south-eastern rimu tree in 1919.

staff regarding the health of both rimu trees. For some time, they had been showing signs of distress with decaying branches and browning foliage. Finally, the arborists agreed and in late July the old trees were felled and discussions can begin as to what might replace them. In the meantime, it will be interesting to see how the red maples planted along School House concourse look as they come into their bright new spring foliage. Sadly, no tree lasts for ever, and all trees need some form of maintenance and management. Diocesan is committed to providing an environment that is attractive, interesting, green and, above all, safe for all of us. We are also justifiably proud of our fine buildings and grounds and our wonderful gardens, and we look forward to seeing the arrival of new trees and gardens as year succeeds to year. DIO TODAY




New Parents’ Cocktail Party

DIO CHARMS Dio chutney Father Daughter Breakfast essence of Dio Diolicious

Dio Brownie THE CAFE

HOUSES FOR CAUSES Parents and Friends has worked hard to develop a recipe for success in promoting a community spirit and fundraising for School initiatives. Having donated more than $1.5 million in funds and facilities to the School over the past 15 years, this is a committee worth getting to know. From developing the Centennial Courtyard to rebuilding the food technology garden, P&F has taken special interest in improving the School environment. From contributing approximately $100,000 to Dio sports to a $300,000 donation to the new Arts Centre, P&F has provided financial support to many aspects of the School. The Parents and Friends’ Association works each year as a committee of 15 to 20 members to hold a number of School events designed to raise School spirit and build relations within the School community. These annual events include the Buddy BBQ, New Parents’ Cocktail Party, Father Daughter Breakfast and End-of-year Cocktail Party. The committee also has ownership of the School’s cafeteria, which has a goal of providing healthy school lunches at affordable prices. The cafeteria doubles as a means of bringing parents into the School community through volunteering in the kitchen, with over 200 parents spending a morning in the cafeteria each year. It is through the efforts of these volunteers that the cafeteria is able to give back profits to fund our annual School events. 68


Parents and Friends also host largescale, notable events and fundraisers that draw in teams of volunteers. These require months of planning and allow us to make those more significant donations back to the School: the Dio House Tour – Houses for Causes, the cookbooks essence of Dio and Diolicious, and the Dio Sports Night, to name a few. These fundraisers are the culmination of extensive work behind the scenes with an end goal to give back to the School in a grand gesture, such as our donations to the arts and sports, the development of the courtyard and gardens, and providing equipment within the School. Finally, we have our unique Dio-branded products that feature at special events, or on special order, such as the Dio chutney, the Dio charms and the new Dio candle. It is with pride that we prepare and offer these items to our community, knowing that the Dio name will always be well represented.

New Parents’ Cocktails

Buddy BBQ

Buddy BBQ

LIVING Food Technology Garden

With so many wonderful friend-raising events, opportunities to give back to the School, and ways to get involved with the Diocesan community, Parents and Friends is thankful for the large number of volunteers who give their time so willingly to make each year wonderful. The committee looks forward to continuing to work with the School and always welcomes new volunteers to join our committee. For further information about any of our initiatives or if you are interested in helping, please email: Focusing for a moment on our most recent fundraising event, we would like to say thank you to our entire community for the fantastic success of the Dio House Tour, Houses for Causes. On 9 November, we were delighted to welcome tour attendees to a sell-out day. With homes

$100,000 cheque presentation

Principal Heather McRae and Sir Ray Avery

Father Daughter Breakfast

from Orakei to Herne Bay, we were pleased to hear feedback on the diverse range of homes on show. There was certainly something for everyone to savour. One of the unique aspects of Houses for Causes is the variety of home owner nominated charities. As varied as the homes on the tour, we were delighted to be able to support these fantastic causes: Auckland City Mission, Rainbow Youth, Alzheimer’s NZ, Garden to Table, Anglican Trust for Women and Children, There’s a Better Way, Women’s Refuge, Juvenile Arthritis and The Duncan Foundation. We were pleased to see that throughout the day our charity raffles were very well supported, as giving back to the wider community is an important element of the house tour. We were fortunate to partner for the third time with our primary sponsor Sotheby’s New Zealand and to have the fantastic security team from Matrix Security with us on the day. These sponsors, together with Humphreys Landscaping, Metrix Bathrooms, The Tile People, Prudence Lane Design and Gracious Living are much appreciated. We are also grateful to Winger Motors for their vital and generous support in many aspects of this tour. As always, we are humbled by the generosity of our home owners who, in the true spirit of Ut Serviamus, opened their homes to benefit Dio and their nominated charity. We look forward to bringing more fantastic events to the Diocesan community in 2019, and thank all those who particapted in our day.

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President’s column Even though I’m writing this in September, you will be reading it in November when the Old Girls’ League will already have marked the 107th Founders’ Day, and our Annual General Meeting. For me, that means marking the completion of one year as President of the League. I love the League and what it means for the people who we connect with. It will likely come as no surprise that I have learnt a lot in my first 12 months as president. Most of all I have received an insight into the history of the League and the fundamental importance that it plays in what we do. I have nothing but respect for all our former Committee members and what they have contributed to the League over many years of service. I recently came upon a former president’s handover notes. She described the following as her guiding principle throughout her term – it comes from the ‘objects’ of the League as set out in the Rules: “The object of the League shall be to carry out the School Motto ‘Ut Serviamus’, to encourage fellowship among Old Girls of the Auckland Diocesan School for Girls and foster their continued association with and interest in the School.” It’s a timeless principle and one we saw exhibited at the recent Senior Old Girls’ Morning Tea where some of our older Old Girls enjoyed a lovely morning

reconnecting at the School. They were also entertained by the incredibly talented Belinda Xiang and took time to enjoy the School’s visual arts display. It is also with this object forefront in our minds that we, as a Committee, are looking to build a platform to facilitate connections between our Old Girls. Our alumnae include a vast community of women with extensive and varied professional and personal experiences. The interactive tool that we are looking to develop will seek to draw on that wealth of talent and experience in our Old Girls’ community, to provide support and advice for Old Girls beginning the various next stages in their lives – those wondering about study choices; ways to progress professional development; how to deal with challenges or obstacles; insights into how best to achieve a better work/life balance... the topics for discussion can be as extensive as the skills and talents of our Old Girls.

DIOCESAN OLD GIRLS’ LEAGUE COMMITTEE CONTACT DETAILS Email for all enquiries. PRESIDENT Jenny Spillane (Orsborn) | P. 09 630 3843 VICE PRESIDENT Melanie Eady (Perkins) | E. TREASURER Felicity Buche (Olson) | P. 09 521 8387 SECRETARY Amber Oram (Railley) | M. 021 757 504 FELLOWSHIP SECRETARY Emma Cleary (Dillon) | P. 09 522 9564

This platform also represents an opportunity to foster continued connectedness between Old Girls and the School, and we are working with the School in its development. We will bring you more news of this later in 2018 and in 2019. This simply leaves me to wish you and yours a very happy Christmas, and a safe and restful summer break. Ut serviamus Jenny Spillane

COMMITTEE Sarah Couillault (Willis) | M. 021 489 102 Annabel French (Smaill) | P. 09 575 1175 Penny Tucker (Macdonald) | E. Tania Fairgray (Railley) | P. 09 529 1736 Kimberly Sumner (Wragge) | E. Kirsty Eady (McDonald) | P. 09 522 2652 Dio Today Editor, League pages Deirdre Coleman | E. Diocesan School Old Girls’ League PO Box 28 382, Remuera, Auckland 1541

Vacancy: Committee Secretary Are you interested in giving back to the Diocesan Old Girls? We are currently looking for a dedicated, energetic and organised Old Girl for the role to Committee Secretary. This is a paid role and takes approximately four to eight hours per week (depending on the time of year).

The responsibilities of the Committee Secretary include: • Finalising the calendar for the year • Drafting meeting agendas • Arranging and attending meetings, and taking minutes • Providing minutes to the Board for each meeting • Preparing and updating actions to be undertaken following each meeting • Regularly checking for and actioning of emails to the Dio Old Girls’ email address • Preparing for the Annual General Meeting, including attending and taking minutes.

The Committee Secretary is also a member of the Diocesan Old Girls’ League Committee. If you would like to discuss this role further or require more information, please contact the League President Jenny Spillane at or on 027 603 6990.




New Year’s Honour for Petrina Togi-Sa’ena Our congratulations to Dio Old Girl Petrina Togi-Sa’ena (1989) who was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to Pacific music, in the 2018 New Year’s Honours list. A New Zealand Samoan, Petrina attended Dio from 1985 to 1989. She has special memories of taking part in music events and performances at School. “My love of music began at a young age and was cemented during my years at Diocesan,” says Petrina. “I studied music throughout my five years at Dio. I was a member of the choir, and also the wind band and orchestra, playing the flute.” After leaving Dio, Petrina studied commerce at the University of Auckland, graduating with a BCom and a Graduate Diploma in Commerce. She subsequently secured a position at APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) where she spent 20 years working for the nation’s songwriters and composers, administering their rights and royalties, and managing the various services APRA offered. During that time Petrina presented at copyright workshops in Samoa and Rarotonga to support the development of copyright systems in the Pacific. From 2000 to 2002 she worked at the NZ Music Commission where she was involved in numerous of Pacific music projects. Petrina is a trustee of the Pacific Music Awards Trust and the Event Producer for the Pacific Music Awards, which celebrates Pacific music and artists. She was a member of the original



committee established in 2004, hosted the inaugural Pacific Music Awards in 2005, and has produced the event for the last 10 years. Between 2012 and 2017, Petrina was also a trustee of the Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa, which supports young people through music. Following the 2009 tsunami in Samoa, she joined the organising team for the ‘I Love the Islands’ concert series that raised $361,000 for the island nation. In 2013, with Te Awanui Reeder, Petrina co-founded SoulNote Agency, working with artists for recording and live music projects, as well as running education workshops and events. “I really enjoy helping others, especially helping them to achieve their goals and dreams,” she says. “I’ve been fortunate to spend my career working with the creative community and supporting the work they do.” Petrina was also an Advisory Group member for the Auckland Museum’s

2016/2017 music exhibition ‘Volume’ and ‘Volume South’ in 2018. With her passion for organising and running events, Petrina hopes to be able to produce unique events to showcase the amazing talent in New Zealand. “I believe in the value of music and the arts, firstly to the creators, and then to their audience and community – and how the arts can positively impact our country.” In 2017, Petrina was selected for the inaugural Mana Moana Experience. This Pacific leadership programme run by Leadership New Zealand is held over 10 months. She currently works full time at Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust, delivering the various exhibitions and programmes the Trust produces. Tautai supports and develops Pacific artists and Pacific art. Petrina has been an ardent supporter of Pacific music and art over almost three decades, and her New Year’s Honour is recognition of the time and effort she has invested in this sphere.


Water skills When it first opened in 2009, the Diocesan Aquatic Centre was the envy of schools around the country. With its eight-lane 25m-long pool with a variable depth floor, spectator seating for 400 over the junior pool, and an adjoining fitness centre, it still sets the standard. The Aquatic Centre replaced the old outdoor pools that many Old Girls will remember with either dread or nostalgia. In the latter group is Michelle White (Green, 1975) who, more than 30 years after she left, returned to Dio to manage the Aquatic Centre and open the Swim School. Her accomplishments as a competitive swimmer, coach, administrator and official make Michelle the ideal person to have in charge. Nationally qualified in IOT (Inspector of Turns) and timekeeping, she has gained numerous coaching and swim teaching certifications over the years. Michelle attended Dio in the early 1970s and remembers the fun she had with her friends, the education she received and the great sporting opportunities – in particular, swimming. An Auckland representative and national-level freestyle and medley swimmer, she set several regional and national records, and even swam against Australian Olympic gold medallist Shane Gould at a competition in Brisbane. For her Dio teachers and class mates, Michelle might be best remembered

as the relay member who anchored Dio’s victory in the old open-air pool in Newmarket at the hotly contested Big Four swim meet between Dio, St Cuth’s, Epsom Girls and Auckland Girls Grammar. “We were losing and I was the last swimmer,” recalls Michelle. “I could hear all this noise. Everyone was screaming and I remember getting to the end of the pool and Del Hooper and Jenny Lloyd (Dio PE teachers) were leaning over the edge and pulling my arms because I’d beaten the other girls and Dio had won. My father was there and he said it was the fastest 50m equivalent he’d ever seen me swim.” After leaving school, Michelle gave up swimming to become a haematology technician at Lab Diagnostic. In 1983, she moved to the USA and worked for Veterinary Reference Laboratory in California. She married and lived with her husband in Huntington Beach, returning to New Zealand after having their son. Michelle went back to the pool and began teaching swimming for the Hilton Brown Swim School – she had trained with Hilton when she was younger. She also got back into competitive swimming, contesting the Australian National Masters Championships and winning a couple of gold medals. Michelle now swims for fitness.

She has taught babies through to competitive squads, both at Diocesan and elsewhere, and is passionate about ensuring that children are confident and safe around water. The Swim School employs around 40 part-time teachers, many of whom are either current or past Dio students. Classes run Monday to Thursday from 3pm-5pm, and on Saturday mornings, 8am-11am, in the small pool. The pool opens at 6am on weekdays and morning fitness squads run three times a week for girls wanting to train for fitness or water polo and underwater hockey. “We provide lessons for babies of six months right through to students of 14 or 15,” says Michelle. “We have 16 levels of classes and each level has a water safety component to it. Our aim is to teach students how to swim for health, safety and fitness, and water-safety lessons provide important life-saving skills.” While the old Dio pool where she used to swim has gone, Michelle is delighted to be back at School and involved in a sport she’s always loved.

Swim School Holiday Programme Mon 14 Jan - Fri 25 Jan Swim Classes $75 per week, or $130 for both weeks. or Fitness Squad: 9am-10am $50pw. Dive Starts: Wed 23 Jan, 9am $20. To book contact Michelle White, Diocesan Aquatic Centre Manager, 09 520 9373,

A home away from home This year, the Doris Innes House Trust celebrates 30 years since boarding was reinstated at Dio. We would like to thank and honour the trustees and the trust management board for their efforts to secure and redevelop facilities for boarding at Dio, and to provide scholarships to assist girls who would like to board at the School.

Dio has a long and proud history of offering boarding facilities for students coming from outside the Auckland region. Since the final term of 1904, boarders have been an integral part of School life. At the end of 1904, Miss Pulling noted that of the School’s 35 pupils, two were boarders (living in School House). The School’s aim was to provide a sound education for the girls of the Auckland Diocese, which, until 1929 included all of Northland, the Coromandel and Hauraki Plains, the Waikato and Taranaki – an extremely large area from which to draw pupils. In 1908, Selwyn House, a private accommodation for Dio’s senior boarders, was opened. This was in keeping with the British model where school boarding was run by private enterprise for individual schools. Four years later, Miss Pulling opened a boarding facility for junior girls



L to R: Jane Williams, Nina Crawford, Mary Ann Hetherington, Bryan Bartley, Noeleen Palmer, Hilary Reid, Margaret Tapper and Pat Barfoot – the original trustees of Doris Innes House Trust.

known as Cowie House, which was located variously in Arney Road and Mountain Road before finally moving to a purpose-built building onsite at Dio in 1920. Senior boarding moved from Selwyn House to School House in the late 1920s, and this remained a Dio boarding residence for many decades. By the mid-1970s, Dio had a total of 150 boarders, about one-fifth of the school roll. Boarding continued to be managed by the School until the 1980s. But it was gradually wound down to 17 boarders, and then shut down entirely, much to the chagrin of a group of Old Girls, many of whom were past boarders. Convinced there was still a need and demand for boarding at Dio, in 1984 they decided to circulate a petition amongst Old Girls, current, past and prospective parents of pupils, and other concerned individuals. Now

calling themselves the Group for the Continuation of Boarding, these Old Girls presented their petition to Mr Bob Graham, Chairman of the Diocesan School Council, and headmistress Miss Dawn Jones. Maintaining that there was no demand for boarding at Dio, Mr Graham challenged the group to conduct a survey to gauge interest. In 1985, that’s exactly what they did. Referred to as the Blue Books, this survey was sent to approximately 2000 Old Girls, and families of current and prospective pupils. During this time,

Doris Innes and her daughters, Margaret Tapper (Innes) and Nina Crawford (Innes), all Dio Old Girls, subsequently purchased a villa at 20 Clyde Street across the road from the School field. In 1987, the Doris Innes House Trust (DIHT) was formed, with Doris, Margaret, Hilary Reid (Rodwell), and Bishop Bruce Gilberd as the first trustees. Margaret headed the first Trust Board and invited Nina Crawford, Bryan Bartley (Waddell), Pat Barfoot (Bull), Noeleen Palmer (Rimmer), Jane Williams (Mitchelson) and Mary-Ann Hetherington (Power) to join her. Thanks to the efforts of the original trustees and the generosity of many contributors associated with the Doris Innes House Trust, a two-storey 24bed building, known as the East Wing, was opened in 1992. Eight years later, boarding expanded further to Erin House, a property owned by Diocesan at 24 Clyde Street. This took the number of boarders to 36. In 2012, the Senior Wing was added to provide a total of 57 boarding places. Today, the Clyde Street facilities are home to 53 Dio boarders, ranging in age from 13 to 18.

and been involved in managing Trust funds and allocating scholarships.” A constant supporter of the cause to reinstate boarding at Dio was Elizabeth Sullivan (Roberton). An Old Girl and boarder, she became a Dio teaching staff member and, after a busy career in teaching and leading girls’ schools around New Zealand, was the first Dio Old Girl to be headmistress at Diocesan (1966-1972). During Miss Roberton’s time at the helm, there were around 150 boarders sleeping in four houses at Dio. In 2010, Diocesan had taken over management of boarding once again, and in 2017, the School bought all of the boarding facilities from the DIHT. The funds from the sale have been invested to provide scholarships for the boarders and for other Dio students. Every year the Doris Innes House Trust also offers up to five scholarships to girls wanting to board at Dio as well as contributing towards some general School scholarships. These cover 2550% of their annual boarding fees. The Susie Bull Boarding Scholarship was endowed in 2009 by the family of the late Archdeacon Maxwell Bull and


the group also visited other Auckland boarding schools to gather information, find out what made them successful, and compile practical suggestions for reintroducing boarding at Dio. When the results of the survey came in, they were overwhelmingly in favour of continuing boarding at Diocesan.

Mrs Susie Bull in memory of Susie Bull (Trewby) who attended Dio from 1911 to 1915. Donors Trewby and Rosemary Bull and family, Chris and Pat Barfoot (Bull) and family, Enid Bull, and Frank Bull donated $200,000 to the scholarship fund. “Things have come full circle and boarding is now successfully reinstated at Dio,” says Jo. “We’d like to honour the Old Girls who made it happen and thank them for their commitment and support.” We extend a huge thank you to all those who have been involved in the DIHT over the past three decades, including current trustees Margaret Tapper, Nina Crawford, Hilary Reid, Noeleen Palmer, Pat Barfoot, Bryan Bartley, Rosalind Glengarry and The Right Rev Ross Bay (Bishop of the Diocese of Auckland); the Trust management board of Jo Hill (Chair), Rosalind Glengarry, Barbara Stuart, Sue Hornblow, Sandra Laing and Sally Shuker; and past trustees Jane Williams and Mary-Ann Hetherington. The DIHT is looking at planning a reunion for all Dio boarders in May 2019. More information will be provided once the details are finalised.

Jo Hill (Tapper, 1982), current Chair of the DIHT, is Margaret Tapper’s daughter and Doris Innes’s granddaughter. She says the 30-year anniversary of the establishment of Doris Innes House is a huge success story for all the trustees, and she’s proud of the fact that this group of determined Dio Old Girls banded together to get boarding reinstated. “This group of women felt there was a need for it,” says Jo. “They have been very supportive of the Trust and many of them have been actively involved for the last 30 years, fundraising tirelessly to build boarding facilities, running the boarding house, employing the staff, organising the catering and doing much of the maintenance and gardening themselves.

Above: L to R: Lorraine Glenn, the first Innes House mistress with Doris and Anna Murphy, the first Innes House boarder. Above right: The original trustees: Doris Innes, Rev Bruce Gilberd and Hilary Reid. Right: Doris Innes and Nina Crawford at the opening of Innes House.

“In more recent years they have held their annual Bridge and Mahjong Day



THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX It’s just over a year since Dio Old Girl Olivia Bollen (2013) returned to New Zealand and launched her luxury gift box company, Taken Care Of. The last 12 months have been a whirlwind of activity and an even busier pre-Christmas period lies ahead; but Olivia is thrilled with the response to her new business and excited about the opportunities that the future holds. Eight years ago, Olivia was on the cusp of another new beginning. In the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes she moved from her home town of Christchurch to Auckland. Starting Dio in 2011, midway through Year 11, she had to quickly adjust to a new environment and the prospect of making new friends. Fortunately, Dio wasn’t completely unfamiliar to her – Olivia’s sister, Liz Bollen, had attended Dio and taught English there, and her godmother, Jane Latimer (Dio Head Prefect in 1974) invited Olivia to live with her in Auckland. Olivia says two things stand out about her Dio days. The first was rowing. Despite her reluctance to compete against her old friends at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, Olivia joined the Dio rowing team and represented her new school at the 2012 Maadi Cup as cox for the U-17 quad sculls. Her crew won, famously taking out Dio’s first national rowing title since 2004. Olivia 76


“At the end of the interview, I told them, sort of apologetically, ‘By the way, I’m dyslexic’. My new manager interviewing me said, ‘Oh really? That’s great’.” It was while working at Spotify that Olivia came up with her idea for Taken Care Of. It was a business venture fully supported by her entrepreneurial parents.

also coxed the U-18 eight, which came fourth. The following year, competing at Maadi at Lake Karapiro, she coxed the silver medal-winning U-18 quad sculls. “Joining Dio rowing was the best decision ever,” she says. “I met the most lovely, down-to-earth group of girls who are still my friends today. When I first came up, it was pretty hard. Christchurch is very different to Auckland and so are the girls, and it was hard making friends. Rowing was one of my saving graces. We trained together for hours and hung out afterwards, so it was impossible not to become friends.” Another aspect of Dio that Olivia really appreciated was the learning support. Because of her dyslexia she struggled at school and often felt unintelligent and anxious. That all changed when she finally found the help she needed. “Learning support at Dio was amazing. I took it as a subject right through to Year 13. It was more about learning how to learn and how to focus and not get overwhelmed. Ms Muir and Ms Malloney were incredible. I’d often go CEL (Centre for Enhanced Learning) during my English classes and work with Ms Malloney for an hour. I hated English, but I ended up getting Excellence because of her.” And while she still gets her mum to spellcheck her writing for blog posts and other business communications, Olivia finds her dyslexia is no longer a disadvantage; it’s simply a different way of thinking that many in the business world value. After studying business at AUT University, Olivia moved to Australia

“Setting up my own business was always something I wanted to do. Mum and Dad have both owned businesses, and my brother Nick has his own business in Berlin. It’s how we grew up. Our parents were really big on us finding something we loved and then figuring out how we could make a living out of it so we would never work a day in our lives. “At Spotify we did a lot of corporate gifting and events. I became the person handling it all. It combined everything I loved to do – digital design, social media, marketing, buying, event planning – and soon I was avoiding my usual sales tasks to take on more roles like these. To me, giving creates and nurtures connections, deepens relationships and builds memories.” While there were a number of successful Australian and New Zealand gifting companies, Olivia wanted to prioritise quality over quantity to create gifts that would stand the test of time – no more chutney and cellophane. She saw a gap in the market and, despite having been offered a full-time position at Spotify, returned to New Zealand and, together with her mum, launched Taken Care Of.


to work as an intern for Spotify. She talks about her phone interview for the position, and her surprise at the response she got when she admitted that she was dyslexic.

giving something thoughtful and utterly amazing. We want to take care of the giving for people. Our goal is to create an overwhelming gifting experience, rather than an underwhelming one – offering things you’d actually want to buy for yourself.” In September, Olivia visited the Paris Maison & Objet gift fair to hunt out more quality brands and meet with some of her suppliers. While she initially exhausted every contact she knew when setting up her business, word of mouth and the gift boxes themselves are now her best marketing tool. “Our friends and family have been incredible at recommending us to some of the amazing clients we now have. The boxes truly do speak for themselves. As soon as we send a prospective client a box with a hand-written note, they’re in love.” Around 50% of Taken Care Of’s sales are to corporate customers, and expats living overseas account for 10-15% of orders. For much of the year, the business operates on a very lean staff of three, but as the busy Christmas season approaches, Olivia is calling on her trusted team of casual staff to come and help pack the orders. Her aim is to eventually open offices in Sydney and Hong Kong. Given all she’s achieved in her first year, we’re sure she will reach that goal and more.

Their luxury gift boxes are designed for a variety of occasions from corporate Christmas gifts to specially curated collections for mum and baby, Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day, weddings, home, wellness and thank you gifts. Olivia sources items from all over the world, and the company has just started designing its own products, such as elegant glass drink bottles and Mulberry silk eye masks. “We know what it is like to be frantically busy or separated by geographical boundaries while still caring about DIO TODAY



Senior Old Girls’ Morning Tea On Tuesday 21 August, a few weeks earlier than previously scheduled, the Old Girls’ League Committee again hosted a lively group of Senior Old Girls for the annual morning tea in their honour. The Old Girls returned to a familiar and much-loved place, the Chapel of Our Glorified Lord, for a Eucharist Service given by Dio Chaplain Rev Sandy Robertson and Assistant Chaplain Rev Bryan Haggitt, with hymns sung by one of Dio’s many award-winning choirs, St Cecilia Singers. After the service, the Old Girls made their way over to the School Hall where they were welcomed by Jenny Spillane, President of the Old Girls’ League. During the morning tea, Year 13 musician Belinda Xiong, who is also a gifted oboist, entertained everyone with her performance of The Cat and Mouse, an arresting piano piece by Aaron Copland. We were also privileged to have Dio Old Girl and recent Alumna Merita recipient Dr Margaret Horsburgh address the gathering. Margaret talked about the Auckland Medical Museum Trust that she set up in 2014 and chairs. The Trust’s latest undertaking is a mobile exhibition called Brave Hearts – the NZ Cardiac Story, which Margaret has put together to highlight some of the unsung heroes of the Greenlane cardiac unit. In the 1950s and ‘60s, it led the world with its groundbreaking medical research. The interactive exhibition opened at MOTAT last year, is now in South Auckland, and will move to Henderson and Rotorua. Margaret hopes it will educate young people and honour the past. 78


LIFELONG FRIENDS Guest speaker Dr Margaret Horsburgh

Pianist Belinda Xiong



Earlier this year we received a letter from Dio Old Girl Beverley Davidson (Coles, 1958). She was keen to correct the record about the history of sailing at Dio. The November 2017 issue of Dio Today mentioned that the School had been represented in the sport since 1984.

However, Beverley advised us that it was actually almost three decades earlier, in 1958, that Dio entered its first competitive sailing regatta, the Intersecondary Schools’ Yachting competition. In her final year at school, Beverley raced in this event aboard the ‘Waiana’ with her crewmate and fellow Dio girl Dianne Harris, who she talked into joining her. “I approached our headmistress Miss Shrewsbury for permission to represent 80


Beverley (standing, 5th from left) beside Dio crewmate Dianne Harris at the Auckland Secondary Schools’ Yachting Championships at Narrowneck Beach, 1958. The other two girls were from St Cuthbert’s.

Dio,” explains Beverley. “She was hesitant at first because I don’t think she knew anything about the event. But thanks to encouragement from a new sports mistress and the fact that St Cuthbert’s had already entered a team the previous year, we were allowed to race.”

entered, and there were no separate male and female categories. “All my years sailing, I competed against the boys,” Beverley says. “There was no such thing as women’s yachting.” SETTING SAIL

The competition took place at the Wakatere Boating Club at Narrowneck beach in Frostbite class two-man yachts. Dio and St Cuth’s were the only girls’ schools out of the 17 schools

Beverley’s involvement in the sport spans more than 30 years. She started sailing at the age of 10. Fascinated by the activities of the sailing club at Manly


Beach where her parents had a house, Beverley told them that she’d like to get a yacht. “My parents knew nothing about sailing, but my aunt was married to a wellknown Auckland yachtsman, Jim Smale. He took me sailing in his International 14. Unlike most junior sailors, I didn’t start off in a P Class. I always wanted to do something different, so I got a National 12, which was a two-man boat. “I was only 10 but I had lots of male helpers who were quite happy to take me out sailing. My first race was on a very windy day. I’d gone out with Uncle Jim and we capsized. My mother hoped that might put me off, but I came home absolutely thrilled.” That there were virtually no New Zealand women sailors in the 1950s didn’t put Beverley off in the slightest. From the age of 14 she began writing Beverley makes the Sydney papers after some of her male competitors lodge a protest.

Beverley and Dave Mills with ‘Quahlee’, 1965-66.

for the iconic Seaspray magazine, reporting on and photographing events at Manly where Auckland sailors would flock to race during the summer. She’d been using her pocket money to buy copies of the magazine, and noticed that there were no stories on the Manly yachting competitions, so Beverley approached the editor and offered her services as a reporter. After leaving school, she sailed in the 12ft unrestricted class, known as the Q Class. The Auckland Sailing Club was established in around 1963 and incorporated the unrestricted 12ft and 18ft yachts. The rules were wide open, and many of the best yacht designers, boat builders and sail makers got involved in Q Class racing so they could trial their design innovations. “The boats were very exciting,” recalls Beverley. “They carried a lot of sail area compared to other boats. My boat was designed with a slightly shorter mast and was very light, which was helpful because, while I always had someone

else crewing for me, I was usually the one who did the rigging, put the mast in and pulled the boat around.” KEEPING UP WITH THE BUOYS Despite her size and strength disadvantage against her male competitors, Beverley usually finished in the top half of the fleet sailing her Des Townson-designed ‘Mercury’ and later her John Chapple-designed unrestricted 12-footer at Auckland and Manly. At the end of 1963, she travelled to Sydney as a Seaspray reporter, accompanying the New Zealand yachting team that was contesting the Inter-Dominion championships. This annual trans-Tasman event began in 1957 and sees the teams compete in unrestricted 12ft Skiffs for the Silasec Trophy – a prize that became one of the most recognised in the Southern Hemisphere sailing community. “In 1964, I decided that if I was going to compete successfully against a lot DIO TODAY


of these guys, I needed to get fit, so I took up judo, which I did for seven years. It was a marvellous way to get fit. I enjoyed the discipline of the sport and the fact that I could throw a grown man, using the right technique.” Beverley set herself two goals: to represent New Zealand in yachting and to gain a black belt in judo. She accomplished both, becoming the first woman at the Auckland Judo Academy to earn a black belt. And at the age of 21, she was selected as the only female to compete for the New Zealand InterDominion Championships team. “I went over as sixth out of the team of 12 from New Zealand. We had one very interesting race where a Sydney ‘Southerly Buster’ came through. Usually it flattened all the boats, and if you capsized you were out, but my boat (with crewmate Dave Mills) was the last New Zealand boat to capsize.”

Beverley (centre) was the only female sailor in the New Zealand 12-foot team for the Inter-Dominion Yachting Championships held in Sydney in 1966-67.

SCANDAL ON THE SEAS Two years earlier Beverley had been living in Sydney, working for a sail-maker and competing in the fast 18ft Skiff league. Her presence on the water, and the ensuing outcry caught the attention of the press and made the front page of the Sydney papers. Outraged that a woman was on the crew, a number of male sailors put in a protest after Beverley’s race. They attempted to get her ejected from the league on the pretext that they wouldn’t be allowed to swear if there was a woman around. “Throughout my yachting career of some 32 years, it was a continual effort to be accepted as a female competing in what was considered a man’s sport,” Beverley says. “It was very characterbuilding. Being told that I would never be strong enough to handle one of those tricky 12ft boats only made me more determined. Using one’s brain more, plus getting fitter than the guys, usually worked in my favour.” OUTWARD BOUND In 1967, Beverley went to Canada and visited her Dio school friend Rosemary Webber (Waddell) who was living in Toronto at the time. She’d arranged a job at a sail-making company but left after three months as it was nothing like 82


working for a Kiwi or Australian nautical company. The people who ran the business didn’t even go sailing! Her passion for boats continued. In the early ’70s, Beverley and her thenhusband, a trained boat builder, went to America and the Caribbean where they sailed offshore racing boats back to their home ports. “We flew straight to Jamaica and joined well-known boat designer Ron Holland on an American racing yacht that had been built in Auckland. The boats were all owned by professionals and had paid crew. We met them at the end of the race and helped take the boats back to their home ports in the US.” They spent the next two years working on boats in and around San Francisco during the free-love days of the ‘flower power’ movement. Beverley also did a few longer races from San Francisco down the Californian coast to Mexico, and scored a wonderful job helping an American take a newly built boat from Holland through to the canals of France and Belgium. SHORE LEAVE Returning to New Zealand, they bought a 4.5ha property at Stillwater near

the Whangaparaoa peninsula where they farmed cattle, stud sheep and horses. Following the birth of her two daughters, Beverley raced an Olympic Soling class for a short time. But it was an expensive sport, so they transformed the Soling into a small day boat for family excursions. Beverley became involved with pony club through her daughters’ interest in horses, and they spent 10 years travelling around the North Island, camping and attending horse shows. Together with one of her daughters, Beverley now has a horse stud in Wellsford, north of Auckland, where they breed and sell Appaloosa horses. For the last 15 years she has coordinated an Auckland-wide tramping group called Friends on Foot that meets midweek and includes other Dio Old Girls such as Rosemary Webber (Waddell), Devon Hamilton (Richardson, 1965) and Judy Hanbury (also a former Dio teacher). While her activities are much more landbased than they once were, Beverley is thrilled that girls nowadays have so many opportunities, and admits that perhaps her early efforts on the waters to forge a new path were not in vain.



Class of 2013 Reunion On Thursday 20 September a gorgeous group of Dio Old Girls attended their five-year reunion. The Old Girls’ League Committee had arranged a private function upstairs at Little Easy on Ponsonby Road. It was great to see old acquaintances reconnecting and good friends enjoying a glass of champagne. Ginny Dougherty, Head Girl of 2013, was a pleasure to liaise with in organising the girls’ get-together and we look forward to seeing them at their decade reunion.






Alana Hawkes (Tisdall, 2003), a son on 7 June 2018 Kate Hemus, a daughter on 21 July 2018 Kathleen O’Leary (Tsao, 2001), a daughter on 8 February 2018 Diana Stirling (Cooke, 2000), a daughter on 5 August 2018 Hannah Warren (Hemus), a son on 23 July 2018

Gillian Mary Edgcumbe Sutton on 21 August 2018 (staff member). Miss Sutton was an inspirational teacher of history, classics and creative writing at Dio during the 1960s and ’70s.

Engagements Bernadette Read (2011) to Matthew Fisk on 14 November 2017

Marriages Kathleen Tsao (2001) to Joseph O’Leary on 3 March 2018

Achievements Alana Hawkes (Tisdall, 2003), Dip Edit, New Zealand Institute of Business Studies Greer Lindsay (2013) Bachelor of Performing & Screen Arts, Unitec. Greer was cinematographer for the short film Waiting, which won the Madman Entertainment Jury Prize for the Best New Zealand Short Film at the 2017 NZ International Film Festival. Luba Murphy (2014), Bachelor of Business, Massey University Chehanya O’Flaherty (2010) Master of

UPCOMING EVENTS 2018 GRADUATION BALL Saturday 1 December – Pullman Hotel For Year 13 leavers and their parents. Tickets available through iTicket, BRYAN BARTLEY GOLF DAY Friday 3 May 2019 – Remuera Golf Club 8am shotgun start. Best stableford. Great prizes. All welcome (male and female players) to enter as individuals, pairs or teams of four. Register your interest by contacting Melanie Eady on 027 277 781 or Kirsty Eady on 021 743 220. 2019 REUNIONS In 2019, the classes of 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009 will be invited to host reunions at Diocesan. The Old Girls’ League will contact the Head Prefect of each year regarding their reunion. The League resources are at your disposal to help with the organisation, but each year is responsible for re-establishing connections with their classmates in order to make your event a success. Dates for these reunions will be published in next year’s issues of Dio Today. Please note that 2019 is the final year of the 10-year reunion format before we move into five-yearly celebration weekends in 2020.



Audiology (Hons), University of Auckland Bernadette Read (2011) BCom/BSc, University of Auckland Amelia Retter (2013) graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with an LLB (Hons). Her thesis entitled ‘Thinking outside the (witness) box: integrating experts into juries to minimise the effect of rape myths in sexual violence cases’ was published in the Law Review Vol 49 No. 1, May 2018. Courtney Sinclair-Eagle (2012) Masters of Urban Planning (Prof) & Urban Design, University of Auckland Kathleen O’Leary (Tsao, 2001) BCom/ BSc, University of Auckland Apologies to Chamanthie Sinhalage (2006) whose name was incorrectly published in the April 2018 issue of Dio Today. Chamanthie became engaged to Dileepa Fonseka and graduated with a BA/LLB majoring in Politics and Public Relations.

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