History of Dio
Sonning School began with only four pupils, however as the roll increased, the school moved to larger premises in Anglesea Street.
Waikato Diocesan School was officially opened in 1928 with a roll of 13 boarders and 70 day girls. The school opened at its permanent site in 1930, consisting of its flagship building, Cherrington, the Homestead, a barn, which was used as both hall and chapel, and open-air classrooms.
Waikato Diocesan is a Special Character school where Anglican spirituality is central to how we worship and how we treat each other.
The All Saints Chapel is the heart of the school where students, staff and our wider community go for quiet contemplation and for regular chapel services. Boarders attend chapel every Sunday and the whole school worships together every week. Students' families are invited to join their daughters at social house services, which take place once a term.
Religious education classes teach the girls about the Christian and other world faiths and about the moral issues they face in today's society. Senior students can achieve national qualifications in religious education.
Supporting charities and volunteering service have long been integral parts of the Dio ethos. These practices are embedded in the teaching and learning programmes, the annual calendar, and the house and student leadership structures. Our students support these customs without question and enjoy doing so. And, every year, they find new and increasingly ingenious ways of giving back.
Every year, hundreds of Dio girls assemble and donate Easter Baskets which are delivered to local rest home residents and children in hospital wards. Yet another popular annual service opportunity is the pilgrimage to Fiji, to work at St Christopher’s orphanage in Suva, and Bureta Village on Ovalau Island. As well as donating much-needed funds, the travelling senior students collect medical supplies, clothing, prayer books, toys and educational supplies to assist the village school and medical centre.
Alongside these annual service initiatives, there is always room in Dio hearts for spur-of- the-moment causes, which students embrace with enthusiasm and determination. Dio encourages its students to be involved in social services initiatives, knowing that, with willing minds and hearts, we can all make a difference. Through this involvement and awareness, students are developing the moral foundations for good citizenship.