Parents and Friends
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We embrace the School’s future development, its progress and commitment to excellence.

Dio Parents and Friends is an incorporated society established to help foster a strong sense of community between parents; support the school in its many endeavours; and provide opportunities to enhance the experience all our daughters have at Dio.

Getting involved is a great way to meet other parents and get involved in social events and fundraising activities. The committee works extremely hard to bring the very best to Dio families. Membership of Parents & Friends is automatic to all Dio School families. An annual subscription fee (currently $35) is payable through your school account.

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Become a volunteer

We are fortunate to have strong support from our School community and always welcome anyone who would like to join our volunteer list. A great way to get involved is to volunteer at the School Cafeteria – P&F run the cafeteria with the aim of serving healthy food to our girls at reasonable prices. Parents are rostered on for one day a term. It’s a fun way to meet other parents from all year levels at the school. If you would like to volunteer, we would love to hear from you.

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Parents & Friends Events

Throughout the year Parents & Friends hosts a number of events providing opportunities to meet fellow parents, teachers, staff and students. Our events at the beginning of the year focus on newcomers to the school with the New Student Welcome Morning Tea, New Student Welcome Picnic and the New Parents’ Cocktail Party being important mixers. We always receive positive feedback about the excellent start this gives students and parents alike, at what can be a nerve-wracking time.

In the middle of the year, we host fathers and their daughters at our Father & Daughter Breakfast. We finish the year with an Afternoon Tea in recognition of our many volunteers and the very popular End of Year Cocktail Party.

Parents & Friends Initiatives

Each year P&F run a number of friend raising and fundraising initiatives. These include:
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Dio Charms

The Dio Charms are very popular as special gifts for students and those with a close connection to Dio. We have charms that reflect the special character of the School: Bell Tower, Dio Star, Summer House, Junior School Hat and more.

The new items this year are: Mary Pulling Rose Necklace, Backpack Charm and Feather Charm. The Backpack has been inspired by the “Victoria” statue located outside the Chapel. The Feather was created to tie in with the new Māori faculty ‘Te Whare Huia’, which was named to represent the Huia bird.

The jewellery can be purchased at the School Shop. Tel:+64 9 520 9341 or through this online order form.

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Diolicious

A beautiful cookbook featuring favourite family recipes from Dio families, Old Girls and staff. The cookbook is available through the School’s Shop and can be purchased online, or call us on +64 9 520 9341.

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The Dio House Tour: Houses for Causes

A superb example of the entire School Community coming together to make something wonderful happen. A unique feature of the House Tour is each home owner nominates a charity of their choice for raffle ticket sales to go towards.

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The Dio School Cafeteria

If you would like to learn more or volunteer at the cafeteria, please stop by and introduce yourself to our committee or email the Parents & Friends team at paf@diocesan.school.nz. We welcome the support from parents/caregivers and would be happy to add your name to the roster.

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The Herb and Vegetable Garden

A new initiative in 2014 was the establishment of a herb and vegetable garden behind the Shrewsbury building. Initially the plan was to grow fresh seasonal produce for the cafeteria, however the garden has been equally welcomed by the food technology department, to support the school’s aim of teaching the girls about the garden to table concept.

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Distribution of Funds

The funds raised by P&F go towards projects that directly benefit our girls and the school community, generally funding capital projects that are outside the scope of the School’s current operating budget.

Since 2002, P&F have distributed over $1.6 million to Diocesan.

parents and friends distribution of funds

Distribution of Funds

Since 2002, P&F have distributed over $1.6 million to Diocesan:
  • ‘Food for Thought’ campaign – the Cafeteria and Library
  • ‘Dig Deep’ towards the Aquatic Centre and Turf
  • The FAB-LAB – Creative Industries
  • The Parents & Friends Courtyard and Paul Dibble Sculpture
  • One of the major donors of the Diocesan Arts Centre
  • Herb and Vegetable Garden Landscaping Project
  • Norfolk Pine Redevelopment – development of physical education area and equipment
Learn More

Committee members

Robin Bell (President) Jeremy Hill (Vice President)
Tina Tsui (Treasurer) Jasmine Yang (Secretary)
Megan Urwin Rob Brawn
Jeanette Chan Nicky Gadsdon
Delwyn Gutteridge Dean Ellis
Donglan Zhang Vivian Xiong
Joanna Chan David Pacey
Crystal Wang Felix Lin
Natasha Pearce Charles Young

For general queries, please email us or contact Robin Bell, President, on 022 023 6432 or Charlotte WinwooShard, Junior School Parent Reps Coordinator, on 021 0864 5246

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