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Issue 23 | 16 August 2013
BEAT Issue 23
16 August 2013
IN THIS ISSUE
Messages from the Principal
• Presenting our new Director of Development
• Junior School Father Daughter Breakfast
• Concerto Competition
• Congratulations to Tracy Westall – Librarian
Messages from the Principal • New sports uniform Information for Parents • July issue of Dio Today magazine Dear Parents • 2013 Wold Vision 40-hr Famine • Meeting the needs of gifted learners • Casio Mathex Quiz Evening for Years 7 to 10 • Presentation by Brett Lee, social media and Presenting our new Director of cybersafety expert • Dio Arts - Virginia Leonard exhibition Development • Carpark sale – 13 September • Touch Typing lessons in Term 4 Diocesan School for Girls proudly announces the • Change to Pt Chev-Herne Bay-Ponsonby bus run • Shadows of Shoah exhibition appointment of our new Director of Developm
Chamber Music Group – Conspiratus who were national award winners of the best New Zealand Composition – Modus Vivendi – created especially for them by David. Espiratus members were Eloise Chin on trumpet, Rebecca Brimble on bassoon, Claudia Bridger on saxophone, Helena Zhang on clarinet, Hannah Kang on piano, Be more than you ever imagined Eugenie Chung on cello and Eleanor Carll on double bass.
The winner of the prestigious piano concerto was Hannah Kang in Year 12. Tracy Chen Year 10 was in second place, with Elma Liao Year 8 and Melissa Tsoi Year 11 all playing brilliantly the Miniature Piano Concerto by Rowley. Deane Skye-Lucas had the challenging task of adjudicating and provided great feedback and guidance for our girls.
We thank Evans Chuang on piano who accompanied our instrumentalists so expertly. Shelagh Thomson our Performing Arts Director and Linda Procter her very capable assistant, organised the evening and we thank them for their passion and energy. We also thank our Dio Arts Angels who were on hand at half time with delicious cup cakes.
Congratulations to Tracy Westall – Librarian Recently, our librarian Tracy Westall won a prestigious SLANZA award (School Librarians Association of New Zealand Aotearoa). SLANZA encourages and rewards excellence in school libraries recognising the success and achievements of individuals with annual awards.
This year, Tracy won an Award of Merit for Promotion. Tracy is acknowledged for the energy and passion she brings to her work, ensuring that her library is a vibrant and exciting place for readers to discover and enjoy a range of books and resources. Tracy has been extremely successful in promoting and encouraging use of the library, in ways that are centred on students, and foster a sense of ownership and belonging for them. We are very proud of this award – congratulations to Tracy.
New Sports Uniform As you may be aware, we have been in the process of designing a new sports uniform. Girls who have seen these redesigned uniforms are very excited about how great they look and the top-of-the-line materials they are made of! We are aiming to launch these uniforms in 2014 and parents will be advised when they are available at the Uniform Shop. Students may continue to use their current sports uniform through 2014.
If you would like to see these uniforms before they go on sale, head along to the Ultimate After Match hosted on 21 September by Dio Sport where some of our girls will be modelling the new look!
Information for Parents July issue of Dio Today magazine The July issue of Dio Today magazine has been distributed to all students who are the eldest/only member of the family at Diocesan and whose mothers are not Old Girls. All Old Girls should have received the magazine through the post, although we are aware that some Old Girls who are current parents have not. We apologise for this and are investigating why this has happened.
If your daughter has not brought a copy of the magazine home, please follow up with her.
Meeting the needs of gifted learners – Years 0-8 Be more than you ever imagined Monday 19 August, Junior School Hall at 2:00pm A parent Information afternoon around the subject of meeting the various needs of gifted learners in Years 0 – 8 will be held in the Junior School Hall on Monday 19 August from 2:00 to 3:00pm. The presentation will look at various strategies that parents can use to support the particular academic and social emotional needs of this group of students.
Suzanne Buswell, CEL Director/Gifted & Talented Teacher Casio Mathex Quiz Evening 2013 for Years 7 to 10 The Years 9 and 10 quiz evening will take place on Wednesday 21 August 2013 and Years 7 and 8 on Thursday 22 August 2013 at the ASB Stadium, next to Selwyn College, Kohimarama Road from 7:00 to 9:00pm.
Diocesan has entered two teams at each level. Instructions and information have been given to students taking part. Parents are welcome to attend.
Presentation by Brett Lee, expert in the field of social media and cybersafety Monday 26 August, Junior School Hall at 7:00pm Brett Lee is an expert in online predatory behaviour, cybersafety and related issues. He spent 22 years as part of the Queensland police, the last years undercover, helping capture the worst of the online criminals. He brings his unique knowledge on many aspects of online life from the perspective of both the young and their parents.
To get an idea of the sorts of things Brett can do, watch this short clip from Australian 60 Minutes from last year which features Brett. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPk3pGCKOmw Brett is a compelling speaker. He will be here for an evening session to which we are inviting students and parents. The attached flyer gives more information about the evening and I would encourage you to attend.
Click here to learn more Rob McCrae, ICT Director Dio Arts - Virginia Leonard exhibition An exhibition of works – ceramics and paintings – by Virginia Leonard, Dio Old Girl (1970will be in School House Dining Room for the duration of Term 3. Click here for further information.
Carpark Sale When: Friday 13 September 2013 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm Available for purchase: Quality second hand school uniforms No underwear, swimwear or socks Hole-less, rip-less, graffiti-less but NOT button-less Sports gear, skis, ballet shoes etc Music instruments, original music sheets Where: Underground Carpark, adjacent to the Diocesan Shop This is a great opportunity for Diocesan parents, students and staff to donate their second hand gear to a worthy cause. Please drop off sale items (in plastic carry bags) to the Diocesan Shop between 12 August and 6 September 2013.
Funds will go towards Heritage Foundation Scholarships.
We envisage running a carpark sale three times a year.
Shadows of Shoah exhibition The Shadows of Shoah Exhibition is a multidisciplinary artistic and educational work. This important exhibition of survivors’ stories of the Holocaust will be installed at the School and will be open to the public by appointment. Appropriately it will be held in the Wharenui (access via the corridor) and protocol around this space will be observed (ie shoes to be removed).
The exhibition will be available for viewing from Monday 19 – Wednesday 21 August As venue host, the Dio community have a casual slot after school until 4:30pm which will be available to our families and staff. Click here to learn more or visit http://vimeo.com/34245722 Issue 23 | 16 August 2013 Photographs of Diocesan events A reminder that photographs from events at Diocesan are available to view and/or purchase via photographer
Chaplaincy Mary Pulling and Eliza Edwards House Chapel Services – Sunday 18 August On Sunday 18 August, Mary Pulling House Chapel Service starts at 5:00pm and the Eliza Edwards House Chapel Service starts at 6:30pm. All Years 7-13 Mary Pulling and Eliza Edwards students are expected to attend and friends and family are most welcome.
The underground car park will be open from 4:30pm until 8:30pm and you are welcome to use this facility for parking during the service.
Term 3 Mufti Day – Wednesday 28 August Our Term 3 mufti day is in support of KidsCan whose mission is to meet the physical and nutritional needs of Kiwi kids less fortunate than others, so they can be more engaged in their education and have a better chance of reaching their potential in life. It’s the simple things that can make such a difference – food, shoes, raincoats! Please be generous with your gold coin donations.
Daffodil Day – Friday 30 August We will be supporting the Cancer Society on Friday 30th August by selling daffodils at the drive through in the morning and around school at Interval. Please support the work of the Cancer Society by buying a daffodil.
Junior School Click here for the link to this week’s The Messenger.
Senior and Junior High Schools Congratulations to Alice Tilley The English Faculty are very proud to acknowledge Alice Tilley’s achievement at the Kiwanis Speech Competition on Wednesday 7 August. Alice placed 2nd with her speech about her experiences in Nepal and what she learnt about the people and the culture that challenge us to think about what is important and what we value in life.
Youth to Everest 2014 C314 Centennial Building 7:00pm Wednesday 28 August Every year a few girls from Diocesan have taken part in Youth to Everest expeditions, offering an opportunity to experience the culture of Nepal and trek towards Everest Base Camp. Many girls use this as an opportunity to complete the Gold Residential and Expedition sections of their D of E Hillary Award. Others just go for the experience.
If you would like to hear about the opportunities for girls and their parents to join the adventures in 2014 (Easter) then please come and hear John Gully, who leads the trips, and some of last year’s participants tell their stories.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you intend to come so that we can plan for refreshments. The meeting will last about one hour.
Click to heck out the website. Flyers and information booklets can be collected from Neil Marshall in C314.
Issue 23 | 16 August 2013
FUSION - Cultural Performance
Be more than you ever imagined Friday 30 August – School Hall, 6:00 – 8:00pm The Cultural Council presents FUSION, a one-night-only cultural event like no other! It will include cultural performances by Dio’s vast array of cultural groups and there will be a special performance by a boys’ dance group. Refreshments will be on sale and a henna stall will be up and running too. Spot prizes are also up for grabs. FUSION is an event not to be missed!
Please come and support this Cultural Council/Diocesan Supporters’ Club event. Tickets are on sale now - $5 each, and are available from the School Office in Centennial Building. Please bring the correct change in an envelope with your full name and Tutor Group written on it.
Spirit of New Zealand berths Applications are now invited from students in Year 11 and Year 12 (2013) for berths on the Spirit of New Zealand for 2014. The closing date for these applications is Monday, 9 September 2013. For information and application forms please click here.
Arts Gala Evening Friday 6 September – St Matthews-in-the-city, 7:00 – 9:00pm On Friday 6 September the Arts Council will be hosting a Dio Arts Gala Evening - a stand up concert encompassing every facet of the arts - with nibbles and drink provided. There will be performances from Diocesan instrumentalists, singers, actresses and dancers, as well as artwork on display from various students.
This night is perfect for students, parents and friends to attend, set in the idyllic St Matthews in-the-city. All proceeds from the night will go towards the much anticipated Performing Arts Centre, which will benefit students and families involved in the Arts immensely. Tickets will be on sale, soon, keep an eye on your emails for more information. We hope to see you there supporting the Arts!
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Hockey We apologise for some omissions in the list of girls who have made representative Hockey Teams that
appeared in last week’s Dio Beat. The list should have included:
Alexandra Etherington - Auckland Collier Development Team.
Nicola Prebble and Tayla Parkes-Hemara – Auckland U15 Development teams End of Season Success for Junior Development Football The Junior Development Football team is enjoying a fine end to their 11 a side season. With 2 wins in the knockout stages in recents weeks against MAGS and Botany, the girls now face Baradene in the final of the APC knockout competition on Wednesday August 21st.
Highlights of the season so far have included two victories against MAGS and a routing of St Cuth’s shortly before the end of Term 2. The team have gradually become used to playing in a grade against girls that are often 2 school years older than themselves and they are now playing some stylish, attacking football.
The girls will be looking ahead to AIMS later in the term thinking they can improve on last year’s efforts.
Issue 23 | 16 August 2013 There have been notable performances from many squad members but Amara Labb’s reading of the game in defence, Emma Leaming’s industry in midfield, Kitty Greensill’s goalscoring instinct and Michaela Buckley’s wing wizardry have been especially impressive.