For over 100 years, we have researched, developed, reviewed, and become experts in adolescent girls’ education. Taranaki Dio is an outstanding learning community for students and teachers alike. We take pride in preparing our girls to be passionate, life-long learners.
We know and understand girls, therefore, our curriculum challenges and inspires our students to be courageous, resolute and successful citizens, confidently flourishing in a rapidly changing, information-rich world.
Our relatively small size is an enormous advantage for our students. Right from the enrolment interview through to her Final Leavers’ Chapel Service, we recognise and value each girl based on her individual skills, strengths and interests. We are a vibrant, close-knit community where students, teachers and parents share in the learning journey.
Our experience has shown that outstanding academic results are best achieved through a broad and balanced programme of academic and co-curricular activities. Students who achieve the highest results are enthusiastically involved in activities beyond their academic programme: community service, music, dance, drama, sport and outdoor pursuits.
Our Anglican special character values are woven into the Taranaki Dio curriculum. Our girls explore contemporary issues and their personal responses through reflecting on self, others and our global community.
Years 9 and 10 at Taranaki Dio are times of growth, development and excitement.
All of our girls have a robust academic programme, as prescribed by the New Zealand Curriculum, with our own Dio flavour providing a rich and broad range of learning opportunities. Our small class sizes enable the academic needs of each individual to be catered for. Specific education plans are developed for girls needing additional assistance, whether through learning support or academic extension.
The Senior School at Taranaki Dio is a time of further transition with increasing choice and flexibility in both subject offerings and subject delivery.
Each student is encouraged to take responsibility for her own unique learning programme and has a mentor to support and guide her individual learning experience, setting her on the road of a life-long love of learning beyond school. Our small senior class sizes allow us to nurture a rich sense of community and belonging.
We are immensely proud of our curriculum and, in particular, how it remains true to the values of our school and is at the forefront of innovation and education research.
Taranaki Dio is proud of the very broad range of successes our students experience in annual NCEA results. We are regularly the top achieving school for pass rates in Taranaki and in the top group of schools throughout New Zealand.
We aim to develop the whole girl and build capacity for her to be a discerning learner: to be engrossed and fascinated, to query and probe, to reflect and consider, and to appreciate the differences between information, knowledge and wisdom.