Centre for Ethics

Centre for Ethics

Our Centre for Ethics, a New Zealand first, is a key point of difference to the learning we offer at Dio. Our girls make important decisions every day, so by providing them with core values and principles for life, they can go on to develop successful relationships and a strong foundation for decision-making that will inspire the respect of others.


Our Centre for Ethics was launched by patron and Old Girl, Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias, in 2012, to give young women the opportunity to explore the values, issues and beliefs that underpin decision-making. Our Ethics Programme provides a space to explore cultural and social influences, the concepts of fairness, justice and legality and perceptions of right and wrong. Each year we hold our Soapbox competition which gives students the opportunity to present their own views on an ethical topic.  Throughout their time at Dio, all of our girls will explore critical thinking and debating.

Guest Speakers

Guest Speakers

We regularly invite guest speakers from ethics-related fields, such as academics, scientists and journalists to inspire thought in our girls. These events help shape students’ perceptions of the world and others around them. Guest speakers are often invited to facilitate discussions and debates about ethical issues at parent and community evenings.

Pictured: Director of Ethics, Nina Blumenfeld.

Some of our events...