The Boarding environment is an integral part of the school life for the students at Dilworth School. It is through the provision of a safe and friendly emotional, physical and social environment, that our students have the opportunity to develop to their full potential.
The Senior Campus has 5 boarding houses:
- Armagh (66): Year 10-12 students
- Donegal (61): Year 10-12 students
- Dungannon (65): Year 10-12 students
- Tyrone (68): for Year 10-12 students
- Wilton (75): for Year 13 students
Houses are able to maintain their individuality within the guidelines set down by the school management. Boarding House routines are an important stabilising structure providing security, continuity and consistency.
All students participate in sporting activities, both summer and winter. This involves regular practices and participation inter-secondary school competition. For most students this means that weekend leave begins after sport on Saturday morning and concludes when students return for chapel at 8:00pm on Sunday.
Recreational facilities are available in common room areas for students ‘free’ time. Computers are also available for research, study, assignments and communication.
The academic focus is reinforced through set study routines. Our objective is to develop good study habits that will follow through from junior to senior levels. Eventually we expect that the students will become independent learners and take charge of their own learning programmes, both during times set aside for study as well as outside these prescribed times.
Cultural opportunities are wide and varied. Music is especially strong with students provided with individual lessons in singing and on musical instruments if they wish.
We encourage parents to link in with house staff in order to monitor the care and well-being of their boys. This can be on an informal basis when collecting and dropping off students for weekend leave, or more formally by making appointments with house staff.
Armagh is one of four Year 10 to 12 boarding houses at the Senior Campus.
It was built in the mid sixties and is named after a province in Northern Ireland where the founder James Dilworth came from.
The Armagh House staff team:
Mr Bill Reeder - Housemaster: has been in Armagh since returning from England in 2007. He is married with two adult children and two children under 5. He teaches Science and Mathematics.
Mr Callum McGibbon - Assistant Housemaster: was Head Boy in 2004, a Tutor at RSD in Ireland and was Tutor for three years in Tyrone before moving to his current role in 2010. He is a Physical Education teacher and House Dean at Mount Roskill Grammar School.
Mr Luke Barnard - Assistant Housemaster: Luke is the school's Physiotherapist who also has his own private practice. He is married and has twin girls. Luke is heavily involved with the Dilworth 1st XV rugby team.
Tanya Stall - Matron: Tanya has two adult children and has held numerous positions before joining Armagh in 2007. She has a pet pedigree Lowchen dog Timmy the Pirate who is the House pet and very friendly. Matron looks after all the clothing and first aid needs in Armagh.
Overseas Tutor - Matthew Magowan
Donegal House is the first Dilworth boarding house at the top of the drive, beside the Health Centre. It was opened in 1969 and our sports colour is green, we represent the house by wearing this colour in all inter-house events.
Mr Alastair Patterson, House Master of Donegal, originates from Northern Ireland and has been at Dilworth for well over a decade, arriving here as a GAP student in 2000. He has had a close association with Tyrone House but has now got green running through his veins. Mr Patterson arrived to the Physical Education Department from Auckland Grammar School and also coaches the school 1st XV.
Mr Phil Glass has been an Assistant Housemaster in Donegal since 2001 after joining the campus as Head of Mathematics. Mr Glass, also from Northern Ireland, has a passion for racquet sports and is a proud Donegal man. Mr Tapu Vea is the latest addition to the Donegal House staff, coming on board as an Assistant Housemaster in April 2016. Tapu is an old boy of Dilworth and Donegal House, where he was the Head Boy in the House and later Deputy Head prefect of the school. He works in Pacific Island Health and has a natural affinity with all the boys he guides and governs in the school.
Mrs Trish Rogers is the Donegal House Matron. Mrs Rogers knows a lot about Dilworth and in particular Donegal, having had her son go through the school and boarding house only a few years ago. She fits perfectly into the Donegal way of life, and is the heart of our house.
There are also 3 tutors who make up the Donegal staff, and are vital to the smooth and consistent running of the house. Two of these tutors are NZ Tutors, Mr James Petherick and Mr Max Tui'polotu.
Our GAP student from the UK is Mr William Graham.
Dungannon House is one of the four Year 10-12 boarding houses on the Senior Campus, whose names all correlate with the school's sports houses.
Mr Iain Adamson is the Housemaster and has been a Housemaster for 26 years, 20 of them at Dilworth and in Dungannon. His personal major interests are Olympic Wrestling, Rugby League and reading fiction. He has two adult daughters and is a teacher of English at the Senior Campus.
The Assistant Housemasters are Mr Brett Glover, a Science teacher, and part of the Dungannon team for 19 years and Madame Sonia Slade, a French teacher, who is now in her fifth year in the House. Mr Glover is an avid cricketer, the schools most vocal supporter of everything Dilworth and the father of two grown up daughters. Madame Slade, a native French speaker, is an active athletics coach and the mother of one rapidly growing daughter.
Our lively and cheerful Matron of seven years is Mrs Judy Barrett. Matron was the Senior Campus' very popular Weekend Matron before taking over her present position.
We have three tutors who are vital to the running of our House. They are Old Boy Nathan Rewi and overseas tutors Mr Harry Rumens & Mr James Gorrie.
Tyrone was constructed in 1994 and officially opened in 1995. St John House as it was originally named was built to accommodate the increasing number of Dilworth students. The house underwent a name change to Tyrone House in 1997 when the four Boarding Houses synchronised their titles with the four 'Sports' Houses. Our sports colour is blue and we represent the house wearing this colour in all interhouse events.
Tyrone is the largest boarding house in the school. It has a view of the swimming pool and is accessible at the southern entrance of the school from Mt St John Ave. The house is able to accommodate 71 students, 4 tutors and it also has a separate matron flat.
The Tyrone House staff consists of: Housemaster, Mr Brent Denny who also teaches Physics, Science and Maths.
Mr Jacob De Berry is an Assistant Housemaster and he is very familiar with Dilworth School having been a pupil here from 1999 and Head Boy in his final year in 2003. Jacob was the top of his class in his Bachelor of Physical Education Degree at Auckland University. He is furthering his study in 2014 by doing a certificate in Maori Language Fluency at Te Wananga Takiura.
Mr Micheal Butler, is an Assistant Housemaster who also teaches Biology.
Mr Sione Finau joined the Assistant Housemaster team in 2014. He is a familiar face at Dilworth having been a student here and also a Tutor in Tyrone House for the last 4 years. Mr Finau is currently completing a Bachelor of Physical Education Degree at Auckland University. He is coach of the Senior A Volleyball team and the coach of the 2nd XV rugby team. Mr Finau also plays rugby for Grammar Tech Rugby Club.
Our matron is Margaret Rogal and she works tirelessly to help the house run efficiently. Margaret has been involved in boarding for many years and comes to Auckland originally from Whangapoa in the Coromandel.
We have three tutors who are vital to the running of our House. They are Old Boy Mr Tainui Wharawhara and overseas tutors Mr Matthew Stockdale and Mr Sam Martin.
All boys, in their final year, come together into one house. Wilton House is the senior hostel that caters for the holistic needs of our Year 13 boys. We try to instil attributes such as resilience, indepdendence (as well as interdependence), teamwork and education for life.
This requires some changes from the routines of the other senior campus boarding house. Each boy has his own spacious room. There are additional facilities for recreation as well as the ability to make light snacks and do some of their own laundry. Boys are given more freedom but are also expected to take greater responsibility for their conduct and performance.
Wilton House was opened in 1997 and named after Old Boy (1946 to 1954), academic and former Headmaster (1979 to 1997), Dr. Murray T Wilton. The House is divided up into 3 lodges: Erin, Hobson and Watling (former names to our current top Houses [they are known as A, B and C lodge respectively]).
The current Wilton House staff are:
Housemaster - Mr August Williams; who teachers Physical Education here at Dilworth.
Associate Housemaster - Mr Rowan McCallum
Assistant Housemaster - Mr Ben Carey
Tutors - Mr Thomas Jones, Mr Michael Walden, Mr Nathan Hauraki & Mr Ihaka Pink