Student Testimonials and Success Stories

Student Testimonials and Success Stories

We hope you enjoy reading some of the successes our students have recently enjoyed. We’re very proud of our girls who are fantastic examples of our purpose statement. Be more than you ever imagined.

Student Success Stories

Shellie goes on to Wellesley

Shellie goes on to Wellesley

Shellie Hu, currently studying art, media design and computer science at Wellesley College.


Recent Dio graduate Shellie Hu applied to 20 universities in total, of which 16 were American universities. She had offers from her dream schools, and received generous scholarships from many others.


"I chose Wellesley College, because besides its value in promoting female education and leadership. Wellesley encourages students to learn as much knowledge as possible. After studying the IB Diploma at Dio, I fell in love with exploring many more subjects. This is why I intend to study an interdepartmental major that provides a well-rounded understanding in art, media design and computer science."

International Engineering Graduate

International Engineering Graduate

NokYoong Treewattanasuwan, recent Engineering graduate


NokYoong started school at Dio in 2012 as a Year 10 International Student. She studied NCEA Accounting, Calculus, Design and Visual Communication, Economics and Physics and finished school at Dio in 2015.


She continued her international education by gaining entry to University College London and has recently graduated with a Civil Environmental & Geomatic Engineering Degree.

Top award at senior prize giving

Top award at senior prize giving

Scarlett Li, International Student and Proxime Accessit to the Dux


Scarlett was at Diocesan for just two years, but in that time she made a huge impression academically. She came to Diocesan for the Diploma programme and has achieved outstandingly. Her results are near perfect. Scarlett was top in subject for Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry, and was awarded Proxime Accessit to the Dux.


Scarlett is now studying at Otago University.

Julliard beckons for Emily

Julliard beckons for Emily

Emily Ai, International Student and top Cellist.


One of the world’s top music schools, Julliard, came calling for then 12-year old Emily Ai. She became one of the youngest cellists at the famous New York school when she started in September 2018. With a choice of offers from scholarships to three of top music schools in America, Emily says the reputation of Julliard’s world-renowned String Quartet helped make her decision. 


During her time at Dio she won first prize in the International Salzburg Music Competition in Austria and was also second in the chamber music section. As a result, she was selected to perform at the Wiener Saal, Mozarteum in Salzburg. 

University Entrance

International students enjoyed another successful year at Diocesan, with recent graduates gaining entry to universities in New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Korea, Japan, UK and USA.