Waikato Diocesan School For Girls
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Waikato Diocesan School For Girls
Waikato Diocesan School for Girls
660 River Road
Hamilton 3210
New Zealand
Coordinates37°45?52?S 175°16?10?E / 37.7645°S 175.2694°E / -37.7645; 175.2694Coordinates: 37°45?52?S 175°16?10?E / 37.7645°S 175.2694°E / -37.7645; 175.2694
TypeState integrated single-sex girls secondary school, years 9-13
MottoVeritate, Simplicitate, Fidelitate
Ministry of Education Institution no.140
PrincipalMary Curran
School roll684[1](August 2018)
Socio-economic decile10Z[2]

Waikato Diocesan School for Girls is a state-integrated single-sex girls' secondary school in Hamilton, New Zealand. It is an Anglican girls' Boarding school for students from Year 9 to Year 13. It also has day students.


Dio was first established as Sonning School in 1909, situated on Milton Street, Hamilton. With only a small roll of four pupils the school began to grow, and as it did there was need for larger premises so it was moved to Anglesea Street. Larger land was then purchased and a new school built on the eastern side of the railway bridge. This school was named Sonning after the Berkshire Village from which the Whitehorn family originated. It was then that the first Bishop of the Waikato, Cecil Cherrington, wanted to establish an Anglican Girls School in Hamilton and the Waikato Board for Diocesan Schools, formed in 1927, leased Sonning School from Mrs Whitehorn and then, in 1929. Property at the current site in River Road, Hamilton, New Zealand was then bought. 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. Dio has continued to grow and has had 11 principals, and now has a roll of around 620 students.

Waikato Diocesan School was originally a private school, but since has integrated into the state education system.


Scott named after Robert Falcon Scott, British Royal Navy Officer and Antarctic explorer
Hillary named after Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to climb Mount Everest
Blake named after Sir Peter Blake, a yachtsman
Shackleton named after Ernest Shackleton, an Antarctic explorer
Ross named after James Clark Ross, an Antarctic explorer
Wilson named after Edward Adrian Wilson, an Antarctic explorer

Notable Alumni

Dame Te Atairangikaahu
Julia Ratcliffe
Kylie Bax
Ann Ballin


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 13 September 2018". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2015.
  • Waikato Diocesan School. (2009). www.waikatodiocesan.school.nz. In Waikato Diocesan School for Girls. Retrieved 20 March 2009, from http://www.waikatodiocesan.school.nz/.
  • McLennan, V. (2009) Waikato Diocesan School for Girls Prospectus. Hamilton, NZ: WDSG.

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