Bishop Neligan's vision for Diocesan was a very edgy and trailblazing concept at the turn of the last century. Educating women to the highest academic and moral standards was foundational in establishing a future for women that recognised them as confident individuals who could achieve highly and contribute to our fledgling democracy. This vision helped our country to continue the legacy of world firsts including the appointment of Diocesan alumna Dame Sian Elias as New Zealand’s Chief Justice. We want to continue providing that trailblazing approach as we seek to define our future in the same way. Our mission is to lead boldly so that our young women can do the same and make their mark on the world.
We lead boldly so our students can do the same.
Everything we do helps to instill in every Dio girl the courage and confidence to positively shape the future.
Our strategy sets out our vision for each area of the School including our education, our people and our place. Each of these areas is guided by our values that inform and permeate our decision making as we bring the strategy to life.
The inspirational Rosabeth Moss Kanter, who is professor of business at Harvard University, says that "a vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more". And so her inspiring words explain our desire to reach into our heartfelt values to create our future at Diocesan. Over the last year we have set about defining our vision and strategy for the future.
Strategy is about setting a direction that can inform decisions and underpin school development over forthcoming years. Our strategy is the result of careful analysis of the history of Diocesan as well as examining the changing Auckland and international economic, social, educational and technological environments. As Steve Jobs said: “You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in the future.”
Bishop Neligan’s vision
The Dio values are:
Our Strategic Direction is shaped around these values, which set the framework for what we want to achieve as a school.
Shaping our Annual Plans
Over forthcoming years, Diocesan staff will unpack the strategy into successive Annual Plans that connect to each area of our vision. Our aim is to be clear about who we are, what we want to achieve.
Each Annual Plan in the future will respond to the changing needs of girls while working towards our trailblazing vision. We also set aspirational targets and monitor against them in every area of school life. As Michaelangelo said: “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”
Diocesan is a vibrant centre of excellence with opportunities that abound and what hasn’t changed is our propensity to educate amazing young women with the strength of character and the moral fortitude to be ‘more than they ever imagined’.
View our Strategic Direction