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. 

Student Testimonials

Prin Chakmethakun (Thailand)

I enjoy studying Art and Science at Diocesan. I really like that there is a good range of subjects. I also play many sports – Cricket, Badminton, Netball, Lacrosse and Football. When I leave school I want to study Medicine.

2015 - Prin is thrilled to have been accepted into the Pre Medicine programme at Newcastle University Australia.

Carol Lee (Hong Kong)
I have chosen to study NCEA at Diocesan as the academic ranking of the school is very high. I would like to pursue a career in Music and know that Diocesan will provide the opportunity to do this.

Carol Lee recently won the 2014 Mary Nathan Piano Prize – a prestigious school award.

Daisy Cheng (China)
Diocesan has enabled me to make changes in my life and make new friends from different countries. Studying Japanese for the first time was challenging but the teacher was patient and my classmates willing to help me. I am now achieving really well and am travelling with Diocesan to our sister school in Japan for two weeks in 2015. I plan to study Japanese at Auckland University when I leave Diocesan.

Ailin Mao (China)
I love the environment and learning atmosphere at Diocesan. Diocesan has not only provided me opportunities to challenge myself and gain a huge improvement in academic areas, but also taught me lessons about life. The teachers and students are always supportive, so I have become much more confident now to communicate with others and express my opinion in class. I also learned a lot of leadership skills during the EOTC week. Currently, I am studying the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, and I plan to study Financial Mathematics or Business in an American university when I leave school.

Supapich Treewatsuwan (Thailand) International Student Representative 2015
I am in year 13 at Diocesan and am enjoying Accounting, Business and Graphics with an aim to study Engineering or Finance at University. There is a wide range of subject choices at Diocesan and I like the variety of different sports teams I have been able to join.

Emily Xu (Shanghai, China)
What I enjoy most about Diocesan is the atmosphere between the students and teachers. All my classmates and friends are hardworking which makes me want to achieve my best. I play volleyball and table tennis, play the piano and learn music theory. When I leave Diocesan I plan to complete a Business and IT Degree at a University in NZ or Australia.

Dongchae Kim (Korea)
I graduated from Diocesan in 2013 having completed the IB programme. I have gained entry to the University of Southern California and will be studying International Relations with a view to completing a Law degree in the future.

Luosha Ha (Anhui Province, China)
My dream is to one day become a teacher and I think that Diocesan will help me achieve this dream. It is a much different school from my one in China. I am shy to ask questions but the teachers are very patient and kind. By participating in the activities that Diocesan provides I have met new people, made friends, feel part of a group and have improved my ability as a leader. I am in the senior choir which is really professional and we recently won a big competition which was an amazing experience.

Seoyoung Cho (Korea)
I am a year 9 student and am enjoying living at the boarding house. I like that I am studying subjects I haven’t learned before, such as Technology Food. I really enjoy cooking and my dream is to be a chef. I have joined many sports teams and clubs which have helped me make friends. When I leave school I want to study at Cornell University and major in Food Science. 

Shan Shan Wong (Malaysia)
I started at Diocesan this year and enjoy studying Visual Arts Digital Multimedia. It is fun to be creative and design things in my own style. I am in year 11 and although I am unsure of what I want to study when I leave school I know that Diocesan will prepare me for a tertiary education in the USA or UK. 

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.