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REGISTRATIONS OF INTEREST FOR YEAR 9, 2018 CLOSING SOON
20/06/2017

Registrations of Interest for places in Year 9, 2018 will close on 1 July 2017.  Registration forms are available to download by following the 'Applications' tab above, or by contacting the Trust Board Office on 09 523 3179 extension 701.

Completed Registration Forms and all required documentation must be received at the Trust Board Office postmarked no later than 1 July 2017.  

Applications for places in Year 5 and Year 7 in 2018 remain open until 1 August 2017.  

Senior Campus - Week 7 Sports Wrap
19/06/2017

As Team New Zealand kick into gear in the America’s Cup Final Series, competition across all secondary sport is still as tight as ever.  

Two of the three U17 Basketball teams were the strongest performing on the court this week with the U17A team beating Pakuranga College convincingly by 20 points.  

In table tennis five of the eight teams had sound performances and took convincing wins over their opposition.  Sione  Haupeakui and Marvin Tao continue to impress with their natural table tennis talent at the Gillies Ave venue.  

The 1st XI Football team played Elim and in the start of the first half they were able to dominate possesion and provide opportunities to score points, with Sam Michie capitalising to put the team 1-0 up. The early dominance swung however and Elim took the power struggle back and were able to control the game going into halftime with a 3-1 lead.  The halftime break unfortunately didn’t slow Elim down and they scored 2 more quickly in the 2nd half to put Dilworth in a 5-1 hole.  Sam Michie however gave Dilworth some hope by scoring 2 nice goals from free kicks to bring the score back a little before Elim finished the game 7-3.  Sam Michie was player of the day for Dilworth.  

In Rugby the U15 team travelled to the North Shore to take on Westlake Boys High School and they celebrated their first win of the season with a 10 point win.  The 3rd XV had a very tight tustle with Mt Roskill Grammar School which came down to a last minute penalty which was converted to give Dilworth a 2 point win 24-22.  The 1st XV travelled east to St Kentigern College to play in a very high paced and physical encounter.  Early in the game Dilworth attempted to camp in the St Kentigern half and control posession but St Kentigern pounced on mistakes and converted their opportunities to score twice to lead 14-0 at the half time break.  After the break St Kentigern scored 2 more converted tries before Sam Fonua and Isi Manu got Dilworth on the scoreboard.  The game continued at 28-14 for the majority of the 2nd half until a missed touch finder from Dilworth allowed St Kentigern one more attacking opportunity before fulltime which the took to score and win the game 35-14.  It was a gutsy effort from the Dilworth team who displayed a great attitude and a determination to scramble back on defence.  

This Saturday Dilworth play Auckland Grammar at home at the earlier time of 1:30pm.  

Senior Campus - Week 6 Sports Wrap
12/06/2017

The shortened week meant that sport got underway on Wednesday afternoon with the U15 basketball team travelling to Botany Downs Secondary School where they would have a strong second half to win their first game this season 49-33.  

The 1stXI Hockey team found themselves in a tough battle against St Kentigern College 2nd XI with the difference between the teams in this game being St Kentigern able to convert their chances while Dilworth couldn't find the back of the net. The table tennis programme continued on Thursday and there were a number of solids wins for the teams. After three weeks of competition Dilworth 1 are 2nd in the B1 grade and Dilworth 4 are 1st in the C1 grade. The U15 football team continued their winning way on Saturday to beat St Peters 4-2. The 1st XI Football team played long-time rivals Kingsway. As always against Kingsway the game was tight and 1-1 at halftime after Beau Wing slotted one into the back of the net.  It stayed this way for sometime before Kingsway were awarded a penalty minutes before the end of the game to put them in the box seat 2-1 with only moments to play. Sam Michie had different ideas and put one past the keeper to level the game 2-2 just before the final whistle the game resulting in a draw. The weight restricted rugby team had an impressive performance against Lynfield College to record their first win of the season with Connor Paul scoring four tries and Jesse Johansson having another solid performance in both attack and defence to win 47-10.

On Saturday afternoon the 1stXV took on newly promoted Tamaki College in what proved to be a very frustrating and stop start affair with neither team able to assert any dominance especially at breakdown. Tevita Hala started the scoring however with two penalties before Tamaki College struck back with a try from a pick and go.  Sam Fonua finished off some nice exchanges of play just before the halftime whistle to score in the corner and Tevita Hala converted. Dilworth led at the break 13-5. Much of the 2nd half was spoiled rugby due to the stop start nature of play and a messy breakdown area. It took until the 34th minute for any team to break the defence open and it was replacement Moli Faiva who pounced on a half gap to slice his way through to score with Tevita Hala converting. The final score 20-5. A win that keeps Dilworth 2nd on the 1A table after 5 weeks of competition. Next Saturday will be a tough test against a well-drilled St Kentigern College 1stXV, 2:30pm at St Kentigern.

Saturday afternoon also saw the climbing team in action at Extreme Edge in Panmure and captain, Riley Howell placed 3rd in the Open Men's Bouldering Competition. The next competition for this team will be an interschool competition on the 25th June.  

Senior Campus - Week 5 Sports Wrap
9/06/2017

With Queens Birthday Weekend there was limited sport in Week 5.

The highlight of what was played was the dominance and control of the 1stXI Hockey team against Botany Downs Secondary School in their first win of the season. 4-0.  The team have St Kentigern 2nd XI next week and will look to build on this performance.

In Basketball only three teams had games due to the holiday period and unfortunately all were not on the winning column of the scoreboard.  Looking ahead to Week 6 Hockey, Football, Table Tennis and Rugby are all back playing as well as  limited number of teams in Basketball. 

Senior Campus - Week 4 Sports Wrap
29/05/2017

The pick of the sports this week was Basketball. All three U17 teams were victorious on Tuesday and then the U19D and U19A team followed suit on the Friday. The U19A team played Botany Downs A and played well as a team and executed plays effectively and hit the boards to claim rebounds. Stanley Payne Lupe impressed throughout the entire game and at one stage went on a 16 point scoring streak. The final score 52-41, a good win for Dilworth. 

The 1st XI Hockey team once again proved that they are going to be competitive in the B grade competition narrowly losing to Kings College on Wednesday, but displayed some good phases of play throughout. The 1stXI football team had a game to forget and the 15th grade team flew the football banner for Dilworth winning 10-0 against Auckland Grammar Blue. The Table Tennis team to keep an eye on this season seems to be Dilworth 4 who is 2nd currently in their pool. Within the rugby programme there were no wins next to our teams this week, but a huge improvement for the 4B team puts some wind back in their sails as they look forward to taking on Lynfield after Queens Birthday weekend. 

The 1st XV travelled away to De La Salle College on Saturday and were greeted by a fast starting De La Salle team who scored in the first 2 minutes of the game. The Dilworth team failed to wake up after the shock start and De La Salle scored another converted try and a penalty before the break, while Dilworth couldn't string phases together and build pressure. After half time the defense of Dilworth improved but the team still lacked the ball and the ability to score points until Nathaniel Mika Lemalu executed a very low pick and go where he keep his legs driving to score. The 2nd half didn't really take off and much of the game was played between both 22metre lines. The final score 5-17, the first loss of the season for the team but one where many lessons can be taken away. Tamaki College is the team’s next opponent on Saturday 10th June, at home at 2:30pm. 

With Queens Birthday this coming weekend there is no sport scheduled for Friday or Saturday. The team to watch this week will be the 1st XI Hockey team who play Botany Downs at Diocesan at 6:35pm.

Senior Campus - Week 3 Sports Wrap
22/05/2017

Badminton 1 team got Dilworth sport off to a winning way on Tuesday afternoon beating Auckland Grammar 5-1 in their match at Gillies Ave Badminton Hall. The 1st XI Hockey team got their season in the B Grade competition underway on Wednesday at the Diocesan Turf against Macleans College 2nd XI and fought hard to narrowly go down 3-4.  The basketball result of the week went to the U19B team who notched up their first win in the Central A Competition beating Tamaki 21-15. The 1st XI Football team had a midweek game against Takapuna in the Knockout Cup. After being competitive in the early stages of play the team struggled to compete for the whole game against the higher ranked team and ended up losing the game. The boys had to flush that game quickly and prepare for their toughest challenge in the Senior A4 division to date, Orewa College. The game was controlled for the most part by Dilworth but they were unable to keep a buffer and the score ended up 3 all. The 1st XI still remain at the top of their competition. The 2nd XI had a solid win 4-1 against Parnell and the 15th Grade team beat Auckland Grammar Black 3-2.

The 1st XV were at home again and wanting to build on the historic win against Mt Albert Grammar from the previous week and take the game to old rivals Aorere College. The team got off to a good start with Tevita Hala converting an early penalty opportunity. The defense was once again tested and it was pleasing to see the team being disciplined and accurate and able to withstand the Aorere attack. In the 16th minute Hala stepped up to convert another penalty as Dilworth started to build pressure on the scoreboard and pressure on the Aorere defense. The pressure told on Aorere in the 28th minute with a beautiful draw and pass from Natika Taniwha to set away Kulima Tafea on a bustling run down the left hand side before he linked with a number of players and Tyrone Mafi was the benefactor of a 5 point try which Hala converted to give Dilworth a 13-0 lead at the break. After the break, a penalty for holding on gave Aorere a 3 point opportunity which they took and the game was far from over. A scrappy second half from Dilworth early on led to lots of tackles having to be made and pressure on the line, but the team dug deep and consolidated, before captain Viliami Fungavaka received an inside ball after a break down the right hand side of the field to score a well worked try which Hala converted in the 22nd minute to put the game away for Dilworth. The final score 20-3.  The team is now 3 wins from 3 and lead the 1A competition on 13 points. Next week will be another step up as the team face De la Salle College at De la Salle at 2:30pm. 

Dilworth 1st XV make fine start to the new season
17/05/2017

After two wins in the 1A Competition, the Dilworth 1st XV are top of the table.

This is on the back of an excellent 27 – 13 victory over Liston College in the first game.  This was followed up on Saturday with a superb win over Mt Albert Grammar School.  This was the first time the Dilworth 1st XV had beaten Mt Albert.  Mt Albert were the 2016 National Champions and had recently returned from the World 1st XV Competition, where they finished in second place. 

A well-prepared Dilworth team played an expansive style of rugby, backed by a committed defence which kept Mt Albert scoreless in the first half.  Two penalties from Tevita Hala, including one from inside his own half, gave Dilworth a 6 - 0 lead at half time.  Mt Albert came back strongly but second half tries to Viliami Fungavaka and Jackson Tauti enabled Dilworth to maintain its lead and ensure a fulltime victory of 20 – 15.

A proud day for Dilworth.

Senior Campus - Week 2 Sports Wrap
15/05/2017

Week 2 of Term 2 saw the majority of winter codes get underway with their competition this season. The four badminton teams kicked the week off on Tuesday and two teams had good wins. Basketball U17s also played Tuesday night and the short practice time frame due to the gym project meant most teams had little training time to prepare. However there were good results for the U17B and D teams with convincing wins over St Peters. For the first time since the Rural Campus was established we were able to field an U15 basketball team who played on Wednesday night and went into the ring of fire with a well drilled Selwyn College team. Thursday saw table tennis resume for the season and this season we have eight teams entered in the Gillies Ave competition. 

Friday basketball returned to the Dilworth gym for the U19B grade competition and the U19C team are the fortunate team that do not have to travel to play.  The U19A and B team travel to Macleans College in East Auckland to compete in the A competition with our A team getting early points on the table, beating St Peters 2nds 42-37. 

As Saturday dawned fine it was a full round of Football and Rugby Fixtures. The Dilworth 15th grade drew 3-3 and the 2nd XI 2-2 in their games. The 1st XI once again showed dominance in their game this week against Pinehirst and were able to find the back of the net 7 times to win 7-5.  Throughout the game the young players were developing combinations and passes were going to feet, which was pleasing to see. The 2nd XV rugby team got Saturday rugby off to a start against Kings and went down narrowly, 14-22.  The 3rd XV team won their first game, as unfortunately Kelston defaulted. U15 had a narrow loss and the weight grade team will be looking at defensive structures this week after a loss against Selwyn. 

At 2:30pm on Saturday the 1stXV kicked off against the defending 1A Champions, reigning National Champs and Runners Up at the World Champs, Mt Albert Grammar School. The team dominated early possession and territory and Tevita Hala converted an early penalty opportunity. The score remained 3 nil for most of the first half as both teams executed their defensive structures well. Right on halftime Dilworth were awarded a penalty 50m out and Tevita Hala stepped up to slot the goal and give Dilworth a 6-0 lead at the break. After the break the defending champions struck back in the 5th minute and eliminated the deficit and took the lead with a converted try. Dilworth were not going to roll over however and in the 8th minute, captain Viliami Fungavaka scored a well worked try next to the posts after a number of catch and pass movements from inside their own half. Hala converted to put Dilworth back in front 13-7.  Poor Discipline in the 10th minute gave Mt Albert Grammar a penalty and 3 more points and as the game hung in the balance at 13-10 Jaxon Tauti pounced on a pass from Mt Albert to cleanly intercept the ball and run 40m to score next to the posts for Hala to convert and take the score to 20-10. The final 15minutes Mt Albert threw absolutely everything at Dilworth and crossed the line once more making it 20-15 and set the game up for a cliff hanger finish with 5 minutes to go. Fortunately Dilworth were able to keep their heads and play smart rugby out of their own territory to convert their second game of the season into an historic win 20-15. After two rounds Dilworth sit at the top of the 1A table on 9 competition points. This coming week the team face old rivals Aorere College at Dilworth at 2:30pm. 

Senior Campus - Week 1 Saturday Sports Wrap
9/05/2017

The winter sports season got underway this weekend with fine weather.

The 1st XI Football team showed the Senior A4 competition that they will be a threat for the title. After a slow start and trailing 1-0 early to Mahurangi they fought their way back to 1-1 at half time and then took the game to a new level in the 2nd half with Sam Michie scoring a hat trick and Bradley Egglestone 2 goals in a very convincing win 8-1.

The U15 rugby team had a final pre season game against Onehunga High School and won 79-0. The 3rd XV played Mt Roskill Grammar 2nd XV and won 20-5. The Weight restricted team played Mt Roskill U14 team and won 17-5.

The 1st XV started their season with a bonus point win over newly promoted Liston College 27-13. A more detailed report on this game can also be found on the website under Rugby Sports Results.

Looking ahead this week sees the start of all winter sports.  Good luck to all teams.

APPLICATIONS FOR 2018
8/05/2017

Applications are now open for Year 5, Year 7 and Year 9 in 2018.  Application forms are available to download from the "Applications" tab above, or an application pack can be requested from the Trust Board Office on 09 523 3179 extension 701.   

 

APPOINTMENT OF NEW TRUSTEE
29/03/2017

Mr Jon Wain, Chairman of the Dilworth Trust Board, is pleased to advise that the Board has appointed Mr Peter Alexander as Trustee from 27 March 2017. 

 Mr Alexander has over 25 years experience in investment management, including property investment and development in New Zealand and overseas.  Until recently Mr Alexander was CEO of Stride Property Group, a public listed company with a portfolio of investment property of over $1.2 billion.  Prior to joining Stride he led Auckland International Airport’s commercial property investment and development activities, managing a portfolio of over $725 million and development projects of over $280 million.  He is a former Board member of Auckland City Council’s Property Enterprise Board and a former chair of the Auckland branch of the Property Council of New Zealand. 

Mr Alexander is currently Chairman of Homes of Choice, a wholly owned subsidiary of Spectrum Care which provides housing for people with disabilities.  He is also a Director of Hobsonville Land Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Housing New Zealand Corporation, which is charged with overseeing the development of Hobsonville Point. 

The Board is very fortunate to be able to attract someone of Mr Alexander’s calibre.  He will be an asset to the Board as he brings a wealth of experience in the critical area of property investment and development. 

 

NCEA Results for 2016
14/02/2017


The NCEA Results for Dilworth Boys in 2016 were exceptional. The early data shows:

Year 11 96% gained NCEA Level 1 with 59% getting a Merit or Excellence endorsement
Year 12 94% gained NCEA Level 2 with 28% getting a Merit or Excellence endorsement
Year 13 97% gained NCEA Level 3 with 33% getting a Merit or Excellence endorsement

There were also eight Scholarship qualifications, three of which were “outstanding” scholarships. Outstanding scholarships are achieved by only 0.3% of students studying a subject.

These were gained as follows:

Dylan Bai: Scholarships in Classics – Outstanding; History; Statistics – Outstanding.

Corey Bell: Scholarships in Biology; Classics.

Thomas Swinburn: Scholarships in Classics – Outstanding; French; Statistics.

It is too early to offer a detailed comparison with National Statistics, but early information from the Ministry of Education suggests that in 2016, Dilworth boys performed better than other students nationally regardless of gender, ethnicity or school decile rating.

Donald MacLean

PRINCIPAL

James Says
10/02/2017

Dilworth France Trip 2017 - Update, 7 February 2017
10/02/2017

A reminder that the Dilworth History and French Departments are combining for a trip to Europe in September 2017. Thirty-five students (currently in Y11-13) and six staff will spend a few days in Paris, looking at historical monuments and places of interest, then visit Normandy (D-Day beaches, World War II cemeteries, Bayeux, Mont St Michel) together, before splitting into two groups. The French group will go to La Rochelle on the Atlantic Coast, where they will be hosted by students of the Lycée Dautet (as in 2004 and 2009). The History group will travel to Picardy, to such places as Le Quesnoy and the battlefields of World War I and on into southern Belgium, to Ypres and Passchendaele. The whole group will meet up again in Paris for the last couple of days. Staff accompanying the boys are: Mark Cleaver, Christine Cleaver, James Hart, Vinder Taylor, Augie Williams and Julia Brown.
The boys are still busy fundraising. Last year, they successfully sold nearly $13000 worth of Village Press Olive Oils, making over $3000 in profit - thanks to those who supported. We are currently trying to get sponsors for our Charity Golf Day. If you know of any businesses, who may wish to sponsor a hole in return for advertising (various prices, from $1200 - $2500), or of keen golfers who could enter a team ($150pp), please contact Vinder or Julia at school. This event is scheduled for Tuesday 7 March at Maungakiekie Golf Course. Coming up will be an event featuring a celebrity chef and a Quiz evening. Other ideas are under discussion.Watch this space for details of further fundraising.
If you are able to help us, in terms of a donation or with major fundraising ideas, please let Julia or Mark know at school.

Contact details: Julia Brown: j.brown@dilworth.school.nz or Mark Cleaver: m.cleaver@dilworth.school.nz

 

From the Head of Rural Campus Te Haerenga - A Journey of Challenge & Discovery
23/11/2016

Kia ora, Talofa lava, Malo lelei, Kia Orana,

With just over two weeks to go until our Rural Campus Graduation Day the boys’ year long journey at Te Haerenga is rapidly drawing to a close. Over the past six weeks the boys’educational journey has seen them participating in week long expeditions of their choosing, three weeks of themed integrated learning, legacy projects and an opportunity to give something back to the campus and the now infamous Tough Guy event. They continue to travel well as a group and although there is some residual weariness creeping in from the busy year, they are still making the most of the opportunities on offer and we are proud of them all.

Sea Kayaking Expedition & Round the Mountain Expedition

The term began with two weeks of expeditions which included two round the mountain tramps in the central north island with many boys experiencing challenging wintery conditions and snow for the very first time. Sea kayakers explored the Mahurangi Coast paddling from Orewa to Sandspit or the reverse of this, while another kayaking group explored Lake Tarawera. Climbers and abseilers scaled cliffs on the shores of Lake Taupo and managed to climb the three pitch Tibia, a real high… if you’ll pardon the pun and trampers tramped in the Urewera Ranges. All boys came back with great stories of challenges overcome and wonderful highlights such as seeing kiwis in the wild on Motuora Island, soaking in lakeside natural hot baths and playing in the snow on the Tongariro Crossing. So many rich experiences to store away and hopefully to inspire more outdoor adventuring in the future. Thanks go to the DRC staff team who put so much effort into ensuring these week long experiences were well organised and appropriate in challenge for the boys.

While half the group were out on expeditions the other half stayed on campus and worked industriously on their Legacy Projects. The energy level of the boys was wonderful to observe with high levels of student engagement in the week long process. Projects this year included:log seats, new home made fitness equipment, possible signage options for the fleet of Dilworth vans, artworks for cabins and the sports centre, videos for new boys on how to operate iPads and other electronic equipment, games for cabins and the list goes on. Everyone attending the Celebration of Learning morning on the same day as the Graduation Celebration will have an opportunity to see the boys amazing work first hand.

For the last three weeks students have been experiencing learning in a new way. Instead of being in regular classes in subject areas they have been learning in integrated classes, which have been based around a context in which students have chosen to be a part. The four contexts on offer were: the spread of an infectious disease; weapons and warfare; society, arts and culture; sport and hauora. Each of these contexts has covered the same skills from each of the curriculum learning areas but in very different ways according to the context. This period of time has seen students deeply engaged in their learning and excited about what they have achieved over this time. In their feedback, students have described their integrated learning as, “...A way of independence and shows that people are more than capable of picking their own academic pathway,” and “I liked coming to class and I was sometimes disappointed that the class had finished by 3:00.” A big thanks must go to the staff who put so much effort into creating interesting and engaging programmes and the students for making the experiences memorable.

As a side note we must congratulate the boys involved in Sport Hauora module who recently competed in a local Australian Rules Football event (Franklin Cluster) to experience a new sport. Our team topped the competition and were the proud winners of the Hawks Cup for 2016. Elone Fungavaka was also named player of the tournament. 

Tough Guy Challenge

Of course the Rural Campus year wouldn’t be complete without the boys participating in the annual Tough Guy event which was held on Wednesday last week. The race, which is really just an excuse for everyone to get totally covered in thick, slimey mud is run on a neighbouring farm and has the boys, sliding, wading and in some cases, swimming through a gully of mud. They then climb a ridge and run back down to the start to do it all again a second time.The weather on the day was fine and warm and the event a huge success with all boys completing the course along with a very competitive staff team. The overall winner this year was Aaron Sao, second place went to Cairo Iakopo and third place was taken by Siosiua Kafoa. Congratulations to everyone who finished this challenging event which is always great fun for all involved.

The 14 km run, which is the biggest fitness challenge of the year is now just a week away. The race will be run through the Karangahake Gorge Rail Trail starting near Paeroa and finishing with a special lunch at Waikino Gold Battery site on Tuesday 29 November.

This year’s group of 92 boys have been another wonderful group to have at Te Haerenga and as a staff we are feeling very positive about their future careers/lives at the Dilworth Senior Campus and beyond.

Happy Christmas everyone and God bless at this special time of the year.

John Rice, Head of Rural Campus

Remembering Jean
20/11/2016

 

The recent passing of our dear colleague and friend, Jean van der Net, was certainly a shock to the community. Jean was much loved by her colleagues and of course ‘her boys’. At their request, Jean’s family held a private service, which was led by our own Chaplain, Reverend Watson. A Memorial Service of Thanks giving for Jean was held in the Junior Campus hall on Friday 18th November, and many of you will have attended this service. It was a boy centred celebration of Jean’s joyful life. There were songs, words, pictures and cultural performances of joy, which was central to Jean’s outlook on life. This sense of joy certainly extended to ‘our boys’, (or should I say Jean’s boys) and Dilworth, an association which commenced 30 years ago. A recent snapshot of Jean’s enjoyment of life and Dilworth was the manner in which she conducted the roll call at our annual dinner a few weeks ago. She performed this duty with such warmth, and Jean’s humour shone through when she arrived at 1986. After a momentary silence and looking around the dining room anxiously for people to stand up, and no one did, it suddenly dawned on Jean that she wa s the person that needed to be acknowledged and she uttered with joy, “Oh, that’s me, I forgot!”. Jean’s family also attended this Thanks giving and Remembrance service. Finally, may I also acknowledge the heartfelt support and love extended by the Dilworth community to Jean’s family, and of course Jean’s MacMurray Houseboys, their families and staff – thank you all.

A Dilworthian in France
21/09/2016

Thomas Swinburn, Young Ambassador, left for France on Saturday morning. He is staying in Arras, northern France, in a host family and attending some classes at a local lycée (senior high school). It was 31 degrees in Arras on Tuesday! On Wednesday, the group will visit Le Quesnoy, the village liberated by NZ’ers on 4 November 1918 and on Thursday 15 September, they will attend the commemorative service at Longueval for the NZ involvement in the Battle of the Somme.

Update - Wednesday 14th September

Posted on Facebook by one of the accompanying staff.
Emotion & Pride - Today the 10 Shared Histories Young Ambassadors, selected for their passion for French and History, attended the Dawn Service and the Ceremony that followed to commemorate 100 years of the New Zealand involvement and sacrifice in the Battle of the Somme in Longueval, France. Materia Cashmere High School read a Maori translation of the 'They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old...'The #ya2016nz got to meet with HRH Prince Charles and Ministry of Defence Gerry Brownlee - That's what you get up to when learning French at school in New Zealand, what else? 

Update - Tuesday 20th September

Young Ambassador news – after an action-packed weekend, visiting the Wellington Quarry, a tunnel system dug largely by NZ’ers, the Canadian National Memorial, the French National Memorial and the Living Museum of the Great War, yesterday, Thomas and the group travelled to Ypres in Belgium, where they were to visit trenches, the “In Flanders Fields” museum, the ramparts cemetery and the Menin Gate, which has inscribed upon it the names of 58000 soldiers with an unknown grave. At 8pm each day, there is a memorial ceremony, which has taken place since 1920 (apart from during WWII), including playing of the Last Post. On Tuesday, they are to visit Messines, a village taken by troops from NZ, where there is a NZ Memorial Park. Following this, they will visit the Passchendaele Memorial Museum, Tyne Cot Cemetery, where there is a NZ memorial and the British Passchendaele Cemetery, which has 126 NZ graves.

 

Photos of Young Ambassadors in France

Thomas with the New Zealand Ambassador


Young Ambassadors at Beaumont Hamel

Young Ambassadors at Le Quesnoy

Young Ambassadors at Thiepval

Longueval

Senior Campus Curriculum Handbooks 2017
24/08/2016

The Curriculum Handbooks for 2017 are available to view:

Curriculum Handbook Year 11

Curriculum Handbook Year 12

Curriculum Handbook Year 13

Subject Requirements & Recommendations for Popular Career Choices

 

‘Spin Bikes for Poverty in the Sweat Box’
23/08/2016

The Dilworth INTERACT Team are making a difference in the fight against human trafficking. After being inspired by the work that Christian organization Tearfund do though a talk given in chapel, INTERACT wanted to raise some money as part of our school’s participation in Tearfund Poverty Cycle 2016. We held our own Poverty Cycle event at school by using our gym spin bikes. INTERACT named the fundraiser, ‘Spin Bikes for Poverty in the Sweat Box’. A generous sponsor gave $20 for every student who cycled for half an hour. In total we raised $1400. The INTERACT Team are raising support and awareness to fight this modern day slavery. Let’s break the ‘cycle’ of poverty!

INTERACT and Rev.

Silicon Valley Trip
9/08/2016

On the 9th of July, 2016, Harrison Hill and Liam Ottley left New Zealand for Silicon Valley, California, to have their lives and outlook on the world changed. The trip was an educational experience, in which they went to the physical location of most big name technology companies to see what day to day business looks like. At each company, the trip organiser Andrew Patterson had sourced either a kiwi employee or high ranking person to take them and the other students around, explain how the place operated, and share their journey to the firm. The aim of the trip was to get a group of passionate kids from low decile schools, drop them into the innovative and fast paced environment of Silicon Valley and see how rapidly they change and adapt.

LIAM

I have returned to NZ completely different to how I left. Before going to San Francisco, I was unsure what I wanted to be and where I wanted to take my life and studies. However, now I know where I want to go with my life, studies and career and that is to Silicon Valley. The culture and mindset there is so me, I felt at home as soon as I arrived. I am not sure what I want to do exactly, but I know where I’ll be doing it. The beautiful thing is that I no longer worry about not having a perfect plan and dream job. This was because I saw time and time again that successful people we met did not have some huge master plan at my age, they just went with the flow, followed their passion and worked hard for it. I have loosened my grip on the dream of studying my undergraduate degree at Stanford or a similar US college and have refocused on being more flexible in my study options. Auckland, Otago, Sydney or Cambridge are on the cards for the beginning of my tertiary studies, then I will explore the US in my masters and PhD. Thanks to the trip I am now much more driven and focused, yet relaxed and open to change which are complete opposites I know, but I mean I am more comfortable with my schooling knowing that my study choices and skill sets do not limit me to the industries I can work in in the future, while I am also determined to work my butt off to live and work in the valley - whatever the path to it may be.

HARRISON

Having been back now for a few weeks, I’ve had a lot of time to look back and reflect on everything I did and experienced, and boy, was that a lot. This Trip has completely changed everything for me, from my mindset, to my Ideas and thought process, even down to my daily routine. I still wake up at 5 am like I did in the States but that's not a bad thing I guess. This trip has given me direction of where I want to go and where I’m going and I can’t wait. Things I am now constantly thinking of now are; #YOUCANLEARNANYTHING (Khan Academy), Stay True to yourself (Inflection.com), There are no such thing as excuses (Renaissance Leadership) and If you want to be extraordinary stop being ordinary (IDEO). These sayings are going to be incorporated into my everyday life in ways I am yet to find out but for sure they will be there plus couple others. I can’t begin to explain what this trip has and is still doing for me. I now have contacts for life in the Valley who I know will be able help/mentor me get into business when I get the proper training & or create something huge. (Which is hopefully soon!!). But until then my plan from here is to get High School done with the best grades I can get, let as many people know about this experience as possible, make my ideas from thoughts to reality and help make this Experience available to as many people as possible. The best part of the whole trip was when I found my kickstart drive to recreate something old and make it brand new, fresh and clean. I came to this realization at Yelp after I was told that a certain feature wasn’t available in New Zealand but in saying that I noticed that this was a recurring theme in the companies but for some reason at Yelp it hit me. So hopefully I will have made an app by the end of the year, this also tying in as one of my action points from the trip.

To conclude, we must thank our sponsors for their generous contributions. Mainfreight,  Movac, Xero, Booktrack, The Moko Foundation, Vodafone and especially the Dilworth X-Change, we really do appreciate your support, as do all the boys who took part in this experience. Next, we must mention the parents, who allowed their children to fly across the world and have their lives and outlook on life changed. We cannot forget Jason Sharma, Simon Curran and Andrew Patterson for their supervision and commitment to this cause. However, the biggest thank you we have to make is again to Andrew for going far beyond the line of duty and organising an amazing experience for a group of kids who would not normally go to Silicon Valley and get to meet the amazing people we did. You are an inspiration for us, and it is people like you who make the world go round.

Dilworth France Trip 2017
8/08/2016

The History and French Departments are combining for a trip to Europe in September 2017. Thirty-five students (currently in Y10-12) and six staff will spend a few days in Paris, looking at historical monuments and places of interest, then visit Normandy (D-Day beaches, World War II cemeteries, Bayeux, Mont St Michel) together, before splitting into two groups. The French group will go to La Rochelle on the Atlantic Coast, where they will be hosted by students of the Lycée Dautet (as in 2004 and 2009). The History group will travel to Picardy, to such places as Le Quesnoy and the battlefields of World War I and on into southern Belgium, to Ypres and Passchendaele. The whole group will meet up again in Paris for the last couple of days.

We are using Student Horizons as the tour company for this trip. Staff accompanying the boys are: Mark Cleaver, Christine Cleaver, James Hart, Vinder Taylor, Augie Williams and Julia Brown.

The boys are currently fundraising, with a Fathers' Day Raffle to kick things off, then a Quiz Evening planned for 9 September in the school dining room. Let Julia know if you'd like to book a table for the quiz - more details to follow. Watch this space for details of further fundraising.

Contact details: Julia Brown: j.brown@dilworth.school.nz or Mark Cleaver: m.cleaver@dilworth.school.nz.

Silicon Valley Experience 2016
29/06/2016

Congratulations to Harrison Hill and Liam Ottley on being selected to travel to Silicon Valley in the coming July holidays.  This trip is the initiative of the Dilworth Centennial Foundation Trust and was part of the launch of the Dilworth Exchange last year.  Boys were invited to submit a presentation of their IT vision.  The trip will be led by Mr Andrew Patterson and Mr Simon Curran.  On arrival they will watch the San Francisco Giants play at one of America’s most famous baseball stadiums, AT & T Park before commencing their tour which will include visits to headquarters of software companies including Apple, Google and Facebook.

Liam Ottley, Harrison Hill, Mr Andrew Patterson and Reid Hokai-Rapira 

Young Ambassador's Tour 2016
24/06/2016

                                                   

Thomas Swinburn, Senior Campus, has gained a place on the Young Ambassadors Tour 2016, one of ten students nationwide, to have been selected to represent their schools, communities, regions and New Zealand at centenary commemorations of WWI, in particular, NZ's involvement in the Somme. Thomas submitted an excellent application, including an essay, in French, on his views on the importance of the commemoration of WWI for NZ, its relevance to young people in 2016, his knowledge of the Battle of the Somme and his reasons for wishing to participate in the programme.

The group of 10 New Zealand Secondary School students will travel to France in September 2016. They will stay for a period of two weeks in north-eastern France, visit historical and cultural sites related to World War I and experience commemorative events. They will be hosted in a French school and family and will take part in common activities with their French counterparts. They will be received by official authorities at events in the war-affected areas and will be invited to take part in the World Youth commemoration on September 15th.

As a condition of the award, each Young Ambassador has to undertake a school project relating to WWI and the history shared between New Zealand and France. Thomas is looking to focus on Dilworth Old Boys and staff, who fought in France in WWI and the involvement of his own great-grandfather. Dilworth will be one of the few schools, which was actually in existence at the time and, as we know, we commemorate its contribution in both World Wars each year at our ANZAC Service. Thomas will be posting blogs on the Shared Histories website, both before and after his trip. It is hoped that the school community will support its Young Ambassador in this project. Each Young Ambassador is to contribute $2000 towards the costs of the trip.

In preparation for this, Thomas and Miss Brown are to spend Saturday 25 June in Wellington, attending a workshop, visiting the Great War Exhibition at the Dominion Museum and being hosted at a reception at the Residence of the French Ambassador, before returning to Auckland in the evening.

Click here to read Thomas' Essay. 

Fortissimo & Year 10 Choir perform at the Big Sing
14/06/2016

Fortissimo sing at 10.00 am Thursday 16th June at the Town Hall (three songs), entry is by gold coin at the door.  They perform again (one song only) at the Gala Event at 7.00pm the same night, tickets need to be purchased from the venue for this performance.

The new Year 10 choir sing at 2.30pm on Wednesday 15th June at the Town Hall and again at 7.00pm on Wednesday night. The same, gold coin entry for the afternoon (three songs) and tickets purchased from the venue for evening performance (one song).

For tickets and more details go to http://www.nzcf.org.nz/new/auckland-regional-the-big-sing-information/

School Aid supports Water for a Village
27/05/2016

On May 24 we were visited by Dr Catherine and Peter Wheatley at our school assembly. The Wheatleys are an Australian couple who run a charitable organisation called ‘Water for a Village’. This provides funding for improving the water supply for villages in the Simien Mountains region of Ethiopia.

As a result of a chance meeting between the Wheatleys and Dilworth teacher Mrs Kench, the students who manage  the School Aid investment fund were able to provide two new wells to provide fresh water for the villages of Abaguaesie and Gumwuha.

The wells and pumps provide around 1700 people with fresh clean water right in their villages. This is something that we in New Zealand take for granted but for the villagers it has been life changing. The pumps produce 25  litres of clean water a minute. No more dirty water, no more sharing the water supply with wild animals and carrying heavy containers long distances.

This is a tangible example of the work of Dilworth students being able to make a difference in the lives of those living in Ethiopia where access to fresh clean water was limited.  The photos below are the actual wells which Dilworth students provided funding for.

Guy's and Dolls
24/05/2016

The Dilworth production of Guy’s & Dolls in association with Diocesan School for Girls was held from May 18th – 21st at the Senior Campus. Guy’s and Dolls is set in America in the 1920’s and has long been a popular Broadway musical. It was an outstanding school production under the direction of Producers Ms Stephanie Cooke & Mrs Claire Caldwell.  The variety of singing, dancing and music gave our talented students an opportunity to showcase their talents. There were particularly impressive performances from leads Takerei Komene as Sky Masterton, Oumar Beaumont as Nathan Detroit and Edward Etuale as Arvide Abernathy.

All in all this was a very enjoyable show to be involved with and be part of the audience. Congratulations to all involved.

ANZAC Day 2016
24/05/2016

The Annual ANZAC Service was held on the final day of Term 1.  As has become the custom in recent years, all three Dilworth campuses and the wider Dilworth Community were in attendance in the Senior Campus Hall.  This year, the Principal, Mr MacLean, gave the ANZAC address.  He spoke of service given to our country by the 29 Dilworth Old Boys and one staff member who lost their lives in World Wars One and Two. 

Special guests included Dilworth Old Boys, Carl Craigie, Adam El Gana, Bryce McGibbon and Christian Fautret, who are currently serviing in the Armed Forces.

 

 

Old Boys at ANZAC Service

Special mention was made of Old Boy number 368, Brian Gilmore, who was the highest ranked Dilworth flying officer and who tragically died in a raid over Germany on ANZAC Day 1944.  A display from the Dilworth archives marking Brian Gilmore’s time at Dilworth and beyond was made available to see.

Mr MacLean shared some personal reflections including that of his father who was a member of the British Navy during World War Two and his aunt who worked in radio communications.  It was appropriate to be reminded of the contribution of women to the Armed Services in a variety of ways.

 

Kapa Haka perform at Polyfest
22/03/2016

Congratulations to the Dilworth Kapa Haka group who competed in Division 2 of the Maori stage at the recent ASB Polyfest.

They gave a wonderful performance, characterised by harmony, passion and energy that impressed a large crowd including many whanau and old boys. 

At prize giving they finished 4th overall in Division 2. 

This is an outstanding performance from being newly promoted and gives them an opportunity of promotion to the top division next year.

The group benefitted from the wonderful leadership of senior student Tyler Stephens and the tutorship of Matua King, Matua Rudolph and Whaia Sunderland.

Placings in categories were:

Mau Rākau/Weaponry – 1st

Mita o te Reo/Diction – 2nd

Waiata Tira/Choral – 2nd

Māteatea/Chant – 3rd

Haka – 3rd

Whakawātea/Exit – 3rd

Overall Placings for Div 2

1st        Waiorea - Not able to proceed to Division 1, due to having another group there.

2nd        James Cook - Not able to proceed to Division 1, due to having another group there.

3rd        Tuakau

4th =     Dilworth, Selwyn

A video clip of the group’s whakaeke item (entrance) is available here. 

http://www.maoritelevision.com/tv/shows/asb-polyfest-2016/S01E013/polyfest-2016-dilworth-school

Please also be aware the ASB Polyfest omnibus (Māori stage only) will screen on Te Reo Channel over the Easter Long Weekend with footage kicking off at 4:30pm Friday – Mon (Easter Long Weekend). This includes the whole performance from every competing group. Enjoy! Te Reo Channel Sky82, Freeview15.

Māori Television have also set up a People’s Choice Awards with a $750.00 monetary prize up for grabs for the group with the most votes from each of the three divisions. I encourage your school and networks to place a vote for your school. Voting closes Tuesday 29th March.

You can vote here

http://www.maoritelevision.com/tv/shows/asb-polyfest-2016/peoples-choice-awards

 

Introducing Calvin Lee - Dilworth School Head Prefect for 2016
20/03/2016

After being one of the first six students at Somerville Intermediate School, including his twin Daniel, to receive the prestigious inaugural ‘Somerville Medal’ for overall achievement, character and outstanding contribution to the school, Calvin Lee was admitted to Dilworth School as a Year 8 student in 2011.

Over the last five years, Calvin has emerged as an exceptional all-rounder, not only an outstanding top scholar (who achieved NCEA Level 1 and 2 with Excellence esp. four Level 2 subjects with Excellence endorsements), a two-time-winner of the school Current Events competition (Year 11 & 12), but also an accomplished sportsman and a talented musician. He has been awarded ‘The Andrew Cooke Memorial Trophy’ for best all-rounder for two consecutive years. 

As a keen and talented sportsman since a young age, Calvin has represented Dilworth in various codes over the years in athletics, cross-country, basketball, softball, and most notably football, where he has also been the No.1 goalkeeper for the Auckland 1998/99 Representative team and was recently further selected as the No.1 goalkeeper for the New Zealand Schoolboys National Team to tour Australia. Calvin is also a gifted track and field athlete and has been the Dilworth Athletics Champion for three years in a row (2014-2016).

Having already achieved Grade 8 on Clarinet (Trinity College London), Calvin is set to sit his Grade 8 Saxophone exam later this year. In 2015, as the youngest auditionist aged 16, Calvin was selected as the 2nd Alto-Saxophonist for the New Zealand Youth Symphonic Winds, the national youth concert band for the country’s top young wind and percussion musicians under 25 years of age. After competitive re-auditions, Calvin was again selected into the national band for 2016.

Aside from his busy life with school, music, sports commitments and various leadership roles, Calvin devotes much of his spare time and holidays to charity work. In 2015 he shared the Co-leader role with his brother Daniel in 'INTERACT', the school’s community service committee, organising and participating in a number of charitable events. Together with his twin, Calvin has also been an active volunteer for the Middlemore Foundation, Kid’z First Hospital and Trillian Trust for a number of years. In both 2014 and 2015, they were the recipients of ‘The One Tree Hill Borough Council Cup for Community Service’.

In addition, selected from a substantial number of applicants nationwide, Calvin was recently chosen as one of New Zealand's top 30 young leaders to participate in the prestigious Fuji Xerox Next Generation Leaders Programme, which runs from March till October 2016.

We are very proud to have Calvin as our Head Prefect for 2016 and we congratulate him for all his achievements, successes and contributions to the school and society at large. We wish him all the very best for this year.

 
James Dilworth's 200th Birthday
5/08/2015

Saturday, 15 August, is the 200th birthday of James Dilworth. As a school, we will recognize this with a service at St Mark’s Church in Remuera Road. All boys who are not involved in sport or other school activities on that morning will be required to attend. Weekend leave will begin following the end of the service, at approximately 12.00 p.m.

St Peter's Winter Exchange & Whitgift Visit
3/08/2015

St Peter's Exchange

Each year, we partake in what has been a longstanding exchange with St Peter’s School in Cambridge. On 28 July our premier football, hockey, basketball and Under 15 rugby travelled to St Peter’s for this exchange. For each of these teams, this provided an opportunity to test themselves against teams from outside of the Auckland region and, in most cases, against teams playing at a high level.

The results were:

Football: Lost 3-0, Hockey: Lost 8-0, Under 15 Rugby: Won 42-14, Basketball: Lost 69-71

Visit of Whitgift

On Tuesday, 28 July, we hosted a visit of two rugby teams from Whitgift School in London, England. Whitgift is a school that we have had an association with for some years. Each year we send tutors to Whitgift and we have played them in rugby both in London and at Dilworth.

Dilworth 2nd XV beat Whitgift 29-19, but Whitgift won the 1st XV match 15-10.

 
 
Anzac Day
25/05/2015

This year marked the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC troops arriving on the Gallipoli Peninsular. Appropriately, all three Dilworth campuses came together for a service at the Senior Campus on Friday, 24 April.

The special guest speaker was Lieutenant Colonel Rian McKinstry, Head of the New Zealand SAS. He gave a special ANZAC address which reminded us that New Zealand, unlike some other countries, does not use its remembrance day to celebrate a famous military victory, but rather to remember those who served in all conflicts involving our country over the past century. While we remember those who did not return, we must also remember those who returned that had there lives changed forever due to the physical and emotional trauma they suffered.

Mr MacLean read the Roll of Honour to remember 28 Dilworth Old Boys who lost their lives in World Wars One and Two. A special remembrance display was placed in the school foyer with a white cross for each Old Boy who died.

Dilworth Part of 1st XV TV
6/05/2015

When the whistle blew to start the first game of the 2015 Unitec 1st XV competition, a new initiative from Auckland Rugby will also kicked off. 1st XV TV is an online streaming service that will highlight Auckland 1st XV rugby to supporters in New Zealand and around the world. The project will see one match streamed live on the Auckland Rugby website every Saturday of the competition, with highlights of all other games in a weekly highlights show. Auckland Rugby CEO Andy Dalton says it will be an exciting opportunity to share the action to a wider audience. “We are really looking forward to being able to showcase all 12 schools in the 1A competition and to let former players and students, wherever they may be in the world, get behind what is one of the strongest schoolboy competitions in the world,”. Dalton says the new service adds to the excellent coverage already provided by SKY and that Auckland Rugby engaged with the Principals of the schools early in the development stages of 1st XV TV to ensure support and an efficient operational approach. “We imagine Old Boys across the globe will become ardent fans of the shows,” said Wahlstrom. One match is set to be live streamed on the Auckland Rugby website, while all supporting content will be available on 1st XV TV YouTube and social media channels.

This weekend Dilworth 1st XV match with Sacred Heart on Saturday 9 May will be the match of the day streamed live. If you are not able to get along to Sacred Heart at 2.30pm  I encourage you to take a minute or two to visit www.aucklandrugby.co.nz/1stxvtv to sample the coverage. And then on Sunday you can enjoy our review show (School Report) that will be posted on the Auckland Rugby 1st XV TV YouTube channel from 2.30pm.Maori TV will also do a delayed free-to-air broadcast of the Match of the Day each week. They will air the match at noon on Sunday afternoons. 

If sharing on social media – this bit link will work: http://bit.ly/1stXVTV (it will direct you to the press release on the ARU website) The 1stXV TV social media channels are;

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/1stxvTV

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Auckland1stXVTV

Instagram: https://instagram.com/auckland1stxvtv

1st XV Win Promotion to Top Schools Grade
24/04/2015

The Dilworth School 1sr XV  made history on Saturday 18th of April by defeating Onehunga High School 12 -10 in the promotion match for the Auckland Schools 1A grade. This was the fourth year in a row our 1st XV have played in this promotion match and it was good to win for the first time after being close on the previous occasions.

The game was hard-fought, which was not surprising with so much at stake. Dilworth lead 7-3 at half time thanks to a try by 1st 5/8 Moli Faiva. The second half was a seesaw affair with both teams having scoring opportunities that they were not able to capitalise on. Eventually a try to flanker Johna Mau'u 10 minutes from time gave Dilworth the lead 12-3. Onehunga kept coming back at us and camped on the Dilworth line in the final minutes, eventually scoring  and closing the game up to 12-10. However this was too late for them with the referee blowing the final whistle.

This is the first time that Dilworth have played in the Auckland Schools 1A grade. It promises to be a challenging and exciting season. A nucleus of the squad have been together for the last two years and captain ‘Ulima Kaveinga is confident that our boys are ready for the season.

Ben Watkinson Selected for World Championships
24/04/2015

Ben Watkinson achieve the outstanding feat of winning the under 18 boys single skulls title at the recent Maadi Cup regatta.  Following that, Ben trialled for the New Zealand junior team for the World Championships and has been selected for that team.

Ben joins this squad in an eight week training camp in Term two at Lake Karapiro in preparation for the World Junior  Championships being held in Rio de Janeiro  in August.

This is an outstanding achievement for Ben and  an exciting opportunity for him to prove himself on the world stage in this most demanding of events.  We wish him well.


Maadi Cup Rowing - Ben Watkinson wins Under 18 Single Skulls
1/04/2015

Year 13 student, Ben Watkinson, has provided a piece of Dilworth history by winning the Under 18 single sculls at the Maadi Cup Secondary Schools Rowing Regatta.

The single sculls is one of the premier races and Ben’s domination of this event places him in line for higher honours in rowing.

Ben has continued with rowing since the sport was discontinued at Dilworth two years ago due to falling numbers.  He has rowed out of the West End Club and showed great personal commitment by cycling to rowing training each morning and back for the start of school.

 

Polyfest Report 2015
1/04/2015

Kapa Haka Group

The Dilworth School Premier Kapa Haka group performed at the ASB Polyfest on Thursday, 19 March.  The group were placed 5th out of 27 groups this year and achieved:

•1st in Mau Rakau

•3rd overall for Kapa Haka

•Hui Hopa – Best Male Lead

•2nd for Waiata Tira

•3rd in Te Mita o te reo

The group of 21 trained hard for eight weeks during Term 1, which involved two marae noho at Omaha marae and Piritahi marae.  The marae noho were a great opportunity to be involved in tikanga Māori and to build leadership capacity within the entire group.

A special thank you to Matua Jason, Matua Dan, Papa Glover and Whaea Sunderland for being a big support with the food, kakahu, transport and to Whaea Sunderland for her passion for indigenous cultures.  A big thank you to the parents and caregivers of the Dilworth School Kapa Haka group who continue to support the boys.  Well done to all the students involved – you have done Dilworth proud.  May you continue to do so as a group this year.  Kia kaha, kia pupuritia ki to Māoritanaga.

Pasifika Group

This year the school formed a Pasifika group with the intention of performing on the Tongan stage at the ASB Polyfest.  We were fortunate to secure the services of the tutor, Max Tu’ipulotu.  He gave superb instruction and moulded the group of 70 boys who worked intensely in the time available during the six weeks leading up to Polyfest.

Many other schools who compete at Polyfest devote a great deal more time, but because of the demands on boys at Dilworth, the group had to make do with the time available.  A Fia Fia night was held to share the boys’ performances with their families and this was a significant highlight for all involved.
The group’s performance at Polyfest on 20 March was a wonderful day for all involved, with great support from the families.

Two items were performed, the Taufakaniua and Ma’ulu‘ulu.  The group was placed 2nd in the Taufakaniua, providing much satisfaction for all involved.
 

Dilworth 1st XV UK Rugby Tour Report
6/11/2014

After a year in the planning the 1st XV embarked on their UK tour on Thursday 25 September. In the lead up to this tour, the boys had spent part of their summer working as a team to raise money and being involved in a golf day. As well as these fundraisers, each boy was involved in securing work for himself to provide for his spending money. Generous corporate support from Fuji Xerox and from the Dilworth Old Boys Centennial Foundation Trust and the Trust Board helped to make this ambitious tour a reality. 

The first full day in London was spent sightseeing. This proved to a real highlight with a sense of wonder at seeing icons that the boys had only seen in movies and books. In the space of a few hours we were to see London Bridge, the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus and Buckingham Palace. While at the New Zealand war memorial at Hyde Park Corner we took the opportunity to pray and pay our respects to our fallen countrymen. This was a very moving experience for all involved.

 

Arriving at Hampton School in West London gave us a sense of what the English independent school system is all about. The grounds were beautifully manicured as well as having an artificial rugby field. The following day was spent with billets getting know each other and more exploring of London. 
A visit to Twickenham stadium, venue for the 2015 World Cup was fascinating and greatly helped by Barney our knowledgeable guide and passionate England supporter. The boys visited the England changing room, the press box, corporate boxes and the view from the top of the stadium. Then it was off to Hampton Court, home of King Henry the VIII for a look at what life was like in a royal court in the 16th century. This was one of many outstanding trips through history and gave another insight into our place in time.

Hampton are one of the better teams in England and certainly took the game to us. They played an open game at pace and demonstrated a considerable amount of skill. However our strength and size finally managed to get on top of them and after leading by 5-3 at half time we managed to score two further tries and win 17-3.

After departing London we headed west to Dorset, but not before a stop at Salisbury Cathedral on the way. Salisbury Cathedral boasts the tallest church spire in the UK and was built in 1240. It was astonishing to imagine how something of this size and beauty could have been built 1000 years ago.

Arriving at Bryanston School was a memory most of us will never forget. The school is set on 500 acres in the English countryside. The main building was previously the stately home of Lord and Lady Portman who lived there with 130 servants. The school was established on this site in 1927 and today enjoys extraordinary facilities. 

Boys were billeted with parents from families of the school’s rugby community in the surrounding area and were able to enjoy the sort of experiences that are what such tours are all about. Bryanston has a proud rugby heritage having produced a number of internationals at both age group and full international status. Unfortunately they were depleted due to injury when we played them and were not able to cope with the size of our players. Perhaps the game was won during the haka, which went down very well with the crowd. Dilworth’s forwards led by Matthew Peters established a strong platform for the backs to express themselves. The final score being 43-11.

The next stop was Ireland but not before a long (9 hour) bus ride from Dorset to Holyhead in Wales to catch a ferry across the Irish Sea. After a week of summer weather in England the weather changed and a storm meant we had to be transferred to a bigger boat to make our crossing. We finally arrived at our Dublin hotel after midnight for a good night’s sleep and relaxed start to our first day in Dublin which included a training run at the famous Blackrock College and a chance to explore the centre of Dublin. Just walking through this historic city gave us a sense of the character of the Irish and the interest with which they follow rugby.

Back on the bus for a two hour ride up the motorway to finally arrive at our desitination of the Royal School Dungannon. Arriving there even for most of us for the first time, felt like coming home. Having hosted RSD at Dilworth in 2013, we were greeted by many familiar faces amongst both staff and students.
We arrived at the start of their Quatercentennial week which was a real honour for us to be part of such a significant occasion in this great school’s history. The legendary hospitality that the Irish are known for was certainly evident with every boy being adopted into the home and family of the hosts. 

While in Dungannon we were special guests at the service of thanksgiving for the Royal School held in St Anne’s church in the town. We were also privileged to attend a special unveiling of a blue plaque in honour of James Dilworth which is placed on the wall of the Old Gray Mother, the main school building at RSD where James Dilworth would have received his education.

A special highlight was following in the footsteps of James Dilworth around the district. We visited where his parents are buried at Benburb, saw where he grew up and the Donaghmore Cross which dates back over 1000 years and something he passed each day on his way to school.

From the moment we arrived in Dungannon the locals were concerned about their teams lack of size compared to Dilworth. This proved to be the case with Dilworth being too strong and winning by 53-10. Dungannon did contribute a well-taken try which reminded us of their tenacity.

Leaving the following morning after 4 nights in this home away from home was difficult. Great friendships had been made with our Irish brothers and sisters. 

For all those fortunate enough to have been part of this trip, it was an experience they will never forget. It undermined the worth of travel in expanding our horizons and establishing connections with people and places that have influenced who we are today. 

 

Old Boy Roy Little
3/11/2014

On September 25th, past Principal and Old Boy Murray Wilton, and Archivist Evan Lewis, paid a visit to Old Boy Roy Little.

Roy came to Dilworth with his brother Cyril in 1933 but the family’s connection with Dilworth began even before the boys were born as their father was Jim Little, Dilworth groundsman and Caretaker who died rather tragically in April 1933 after almost 20 years work for the School.  

Roy had a feeling that his grandfather had also been a caretaker here at Dilworth, and following the death of Jim Little, his son in law Fred Stead took on the role, allowing Mrs Little and her eight children to continue living in their staff house on Great South Road.

Roy tells us that one of the toughest aspects of life at the School was not being allowed home even though his family was literally just over the fence.  Sometimes however, Fred Stead would ask Roy to take milk from the Dilworth milking shed down to his mother and older sister which would get him a much needed feed!

After leaving school in 1936, Roy took work in a shoe repair shop in the Dilworth building in central Auckland.  During the Second World War Roy was sent to the Solomon Islands where he served in the catering corps.  Cooking in the tropical heat proved to be a tough assignment however, so Roy used his initiative, told his superiors about his skills in shoe repairs and spent much of his remaining war service repairing the boots which were such an essential part of his fellow soldiers’ kit.
After the war Roy returned to Auckland and took work in Newmarket at the shoe repair shop which is still operating on Broadway today.

During the war years, Dilworth Headmaster Noel Gibson, kept photographs of his serving Old Boys if he could get them, pinned up in his office.  Most of these have been preserved and are held in the archive – including a number whose identities have been lost.

During our visit, Roy showed us a number of his own photographs including a small portrait taken during the war.  This picture looked familiar and on returning to Senior Campus we discovered that Roy’s picture was one of the hitherto unidentified.  Thus, in taking the time to visit, another archival mystery has been solved!

At age 93 Roy is amongst our oldest living Old Boys.  He and his wife Elaine are still in their home of the last 61 years, maintaining a wonderful garden and enjoying life as much as they can.  We hope to bring them up to inspect the School at some convenient time in the near future.

 

Appointment of Trustee - Dilworth Trust Board
23/10/2014

The Board has asked that the following announcement be placed on the school website, and in school and old boys newsletters.

Donald MacLean

PRINCIPAL

 

The Dilworth Trust Board has appointed old boy Simon Curran to replace Derek Firth as Trustee, from 23rd February 2015. 

Simon Curran was at Dilworth for seven years from 1986 to 1992. In his last year at school, he was Deputy Head Prefect, Sportsman of the Year and Performer of the Year.

Following graduation with first class honours in Business Management from Waikato University, Simon became a brand manager, and then International Marketing Manager for Lion Nathan.  He then moved to Saatchi and Saatchi in London as an account and business director, during which time Simon was personally invited to join the late Sir Peter Blake in his blakexpeditions campaign, working directly with Sir Peter to build the partnerships, profile and ultimately the finances to run his environmental crusade.

On his return to New Zealand in 2005, Simon Curran co-founded and became Chief Executive of Shine, a communications and strategy consultancy based in Auckland.  This company has been recognised as a leading independent brand consultancy - twice named the National Business Review 5-star Agency; and once named Fairfax Media’s Agency of the Year.   Shine’s client list includes some of New Zealand and Australia’s top companies. 

Additionally, as an entrepreneur, Simon has been involved in co-founding Northwest Holdings, one of the country’s leading hospitality groups, including Ostro, Ebisu, Tyler Street Garage and the Seafarers Members Club.

As an involved old boy, Simon currently sits as a Trustee of the Dilworth Old Boys Centennial Foundation Trust, a fund managed to assist current and former students of the school.  

The Board is very fortunate to be able to attract someone whose success and impressive CV is considerably based on the education and life skills developed at Dilworth, and an old boy who is so committed to the long-term prosperity of the Trust and School.

DILWORTH TRUST BOARD

20 October 2014

 

Retirement of Board Chairman - Derek Firth
25/09/2014

 

 

Derek Firth (Old Boy 1950 to 1959) is retiring as Board Chair and Trustee on 31 January 2015. At this time, Derek will have served for 40 years as a Dilworth Trustee. This significant service will be recognized appropriately nearer the time.

In the meantime, Jon Wain (Old Boy 1964 to 1973) has been appointed to replace Derek as Chair from 1 February 2015. Jon has been a Trustee for the last ten years and we congratulate him on this significant appointment in the life of the Dilworth Board and School Community.

 

Big Sing National Finale 2014
14/09/2014

Having previously been a finalist at the Big Sing National Finale last year, Dilworth was yet again represented at the Big Sing National Finale for 2014.

Fortissimo, having performed an outstanding recital at this years Big Sing Auckland Regionals, was selected as one of the 24 choirs out of 268 to perform at the National Finale. The opportunity for Fortissimo to go to the Finale was yet again an achievement in itself. The three days consisted of the top choirs around the country performing and celebrating this fantastic festival of music, friendship and creativity and was something very special for all the choirs and Fortissimo.

This year Dilworth was also represented at the National Finale with the newly formed, student lead Dilworth and Diocesan Choir, Divinitus.

Both Fortissimo and Divinitus performed with exceptional skill and communication and it was evident in the results. Fortissimo achieved a Bronze Award at the Finale and Divinitus achieved a Silver Award. Both these two achievements were outstanding and expressed the talent at Dilworth.

Many thanks must go to Fortissimo’s Choir Directors, Mr Josh Clark and Mrs Claire Caldwell for all their hard work, passion and love for singing at Dilworth and for the boys in Fortissimo. Thanks must also go to the Divinitus’ Choir Conductor Hanna Kang and Manager Kelly Kim.

 

1st XV Runners up in 1B competition
7/09/2014

The 1st  XV played in the  final of the Auckland Secondary Schools IB competition on 23 August at Western Springs Stadium. This was the fourth year in a row our team had made the final and we were starting as two time defending champions.The team had been unbeaten in the IB competition all season and qualified for the final with a 42-3 victory over Mangere College.

Despite starting the game well, Dilworth were unable to put points on the board due to the tenacious Aorere defence. Aorere on the other hand, managed to kick two penalty goals from their limited forays into our territory in the first half to give them a 6-0 lead at the break. A try after half time extended Aorere's lead to 11-0. A strong comeback from Dilworth towards the end of the game saw them score a converted try, but in the remaining minutes we were unable to break the Aorere defence, the final score being given 11-7 to Aorere.

Despite the disappointment of not winning this game, the Dilworth team have still had an excellent season and now look forward to the end of season trip to  the UK which departs on 25 September. This comprises three matches against Hampton School in London, Bryanston School in Dorset and the Royal School of Dungannon in Northern Ireland. We look forward to being part of the Royal School Dungannon's 400th anniversary celebrations.

 

 

Douglas Lloyd - NZ Wrestling Representative at the Youth Olympics
13/08/2014

Douglas Lloyd – New Zealand Wrestling Representative – Youth Olympics, 16th-28th August, Nanjong, China.

Year 13 Dilworth student Douglas Lloyd has always been known at Dilworth for his ability to dominate opposition on the wrestling mat.  He may be small in stature but he has proven to be strong and have a very good technical understanding and ability to execute on the mat.  This week Douglas travels to China to compete in the Youth Olympic Games for Freestyle Wrestling.

The road to the 2014 Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China started last year for Douglas.  In September 2013 he had to win at the Club National Championships to be selected for the New Zealand team to compete at the Oceania Youth Olympic Qualifiers in America Samoa.  He did so in his 58kg Freestyle Wrestling category only to find out this was not a weight category for the Youth Olympics.  As a result, in January this year Douglas had to wrestle the 63kg New Zealand Champion to see who would gain selection to go to Oceania Champs.  Douglas was successful and then travelled to America Samoa where he won that competition to qualify for the Youth Olympics.  Throughout 2014, Douglas has been crowned the New Zealand Secondary Schools 63kg Champion, Auckland Secondary Schools Champion and also the Auckland Under 20 Mens under 66kg Champion.   In his down time Douglas is committed to his training and can often be found in the school gym defying what is normal in the gym setting, especially on the chin up bar.

Douglas will be competing in Freestyle Wrestling, and unlike Greco-Roman Wrestling where it is not permissible to grasp the opponent below the belt line to trip him, or use the legs actively to perform any action, in Freestyle Wrestling it is permissible to grasp the legs of the opponent to trip him and to use the legs actively to perform any action.

At the Games there are six to ten wrestlers who have qualified in each of the 14 weight categories.  The competition starts with a pool phase with two groups. Wrestlers who draw an even number are placed in group B and wrestlers who draw an odd number are placed in group A. A round-robin format is used within each group.  Ranking within the groups is used to determine the pairings for the final phase. Winners of each group will compete for the gold and silver medals; second placed wrestlers will compete for the bronze medal and fourth place; the third placed wrestlers will compete for fifth and sixth place; the fourth placed wrestlers in each group will compete for seventh and eighth place; the fifth placed wrestlers in each group will compete for ninth and tenth place. Each weight category is completed within a single day with the weigh-in taking place on the day before.  Each bout has two periods of two minutes with a thirty second break between periods. The winner is the wrestler who scores most at the end of the bout. If a wrester is 10 points ahead of his opponent, the match will be stopped and the winner declared by technical superiority.

One of Douglas’s coaches, Scott Boness, believes Douglas has the technical ability to place well at the Youth Olympic Games but knows he will be up against some excellent competition that will be much larger.  Generally, wrestlers at this weight will lose 4-6 kg to make this weight-class while Douglas has had to gain weight to meet the 63 kg limit.  Like all of the athletes at the Youth Olympic Games, he has all of the tools to win, it just depends on who has the best mental preparation.

Sky Sport 3 will be televising the Youth Olympics with the Wrestling being held on August 27th.    

The Mikado - Show Report
2/06/2014

This year’s production which featured students from both Dilworth and Diocesan School, ran from 14 – 17 May. It was another outstanding Dilworth show, contributing to what is already a considerable legacy in our Performing Arts.Over 30 boys had the opportunity to beinvolved in The Mikado, with those in principal roles being able to showcase their considerable talents. There was a high degree of student involvement in the interpretation of choreography and the original script. All those who attended thoroughly enjoyed this humorous adaptation of this well-known Gilbert and Sullivan musical. We are fortunate to have a staff member with the ability of Claire Caldwell to provide the musical direction.Other outstanding contributions were those of Madame Slade as Producer, and Mr Jason TeMete as the Director of the show.

 

 
 
Founders Day 2014
19/03/2014

The annual Founders’ Day was celebrated on 6th March prior to mid-term break. Students and staff from all three Dilworth campuses had a combined assembly at the Senior Campus, along with families, Old Boys and Trustees. The special guest this year was the Minister of Education, the Honorable Hekia Parata. She spoke about her passion for education and the importance it plays in giving a head start in life. Following the assembly she met with students from all three campuses.

 
Chairman's Letter to the Community 2014
28/02/2014

CLICK HERE to view the annual message to the Dilworth Community from Derek Firth, Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Athletics Day 2014
20/02/2014

Waitangi Day 2014 was celebrated with a successful morning service followed by one of the best Athletics Days at the Senior Campus. 

The conditions were ideal for an Athletics meet with little wind and overcast skies.  The programme allowed for students, families and friends to watch the competitors battle it out in the field events, in particular, at the Senior Boys High Jump, where the mat was surrounded by onlookers as Matthew Peters made a record breaking 1meter 96cm jump, to beat the previous record of 1metre 90cm.  As always there was much interest on the track, especially when the heats of the 100m were on.

Competition across all ages was hotly contested.  In the junior category, Dylan Petherick proved too good for his competition, accruing 27 points in his 3 events by placing 1st in the 3000m and 1500m and 3rd in the Triple Jump.  Tim Fifita and Waimarama Kaka earned 21 Points each to place 2nd = overall.  Tim placed 2nd in the 800m, 3rd in the 100m, 4th in the Triple Jump.  Waimarama placed 1st in the 800m, 2nd in the 1500m and 7th  in the High Jump. 

In the intermediate age group Calvin Lee held off a bid from Siosifa Tukutau and Jacob Lavaka to place 1st Overall with 30 points.  All three events that Calvin entered, the 800m, 400m and High Jump he placed first.  Siosifa placed 1st in the Long Jump and Triple Jump and he was 3rd in the 100m to earn 27 points.  In third place overall Jacob accumulated his points through gaining 2nd place in his three chosen events, 200m, 400m and High Jump.

Matthew Peters dominated the senior category, winning all three events that he entered.  If that was not impressive enough along his way Matthew broke the High Jump record as previously mentioned and he also broke the 100m record, running an 11.18 second dash, 0.42secs faster than M Gladstone in 1994.  Matthew also won the Long Jump.  In 2nd = place overall BJ Allan and Selwyn Loamanu both earned 20 Points.  BJ won the 1500m and 3000m and Selwyn placed 2nd in the Triple Jump, 3rd in the 100, and 5th in the 200m.

The house competition was just as fierce as the individual competition and Tyrone were again crowned champions with  489 points, Donegal 2nd 413 points, Armagh 3rd 408 points and Dungannon 4th 368 points.

Overall the day was very successful and it was great to see so many families and friends onsite to support the boys at this annual event. 

French Trip Report 2013
30/10/2013

Participants

Staff: John Aston,Sue Armstrong, Julia Brown, Ainsley Burns, Vinder Taylor, August Williams

Students: Y13: Logan Hamley, Jordan Lang, Wiremu Te Hiko, Mataiasi To'ofohe, Joshua Walker, Latrell Whata; Y12: Edgar Akauola, Yaniv Gammeter, Mitchell Leong, Selwyn Loamanu, Sean Lydiard, Paul Ngalu, Isaac Ottley, Arthur Pan, James Petherick, Boston Smith-White; Y11: Tai Peter Coromandel, Ben Fisher.

Three years of regular saving, countless raffles, numerous Quiz Evenings, refreshment sales at events, a sausage sizzle, Trade Me site sales and a Charity Golf Day were finally rewarded when we set off from Dilworth, with the boys looking smart in their polo shirts (logo courtesy of Josh), on Wednesday 25 September. A last tuck-in at the Auckland Airport Food Court, fond farewells with relatives and a moving waiata from the boys, then it was through departure procedures and onto the Airbus A-380; a first time away from NZ for a few. A short stop in Sydney, where much is the same as home and a slightly longer one in Dubai, where very little is familiar and we arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris at 1.30pm on Thursday 26th, to be met by a charming young Frenchman, with a luxury coach from Grey Shuttle, who took us into town and along the fashionable rue de Rivoli to our less salubrious accommodation; the BVJ hostel in the Premier Arrondissement - just around the corner from the Louvre.....

To read more click here French Trip Report 2013

1st XV Go Back to Back at Eden Park
25/08/2013

The Dilworth 1st Xv confirmed their place as the best 1B rugby team in Auckland on Saturday 24th August at Eden Park in the Final of the 1B Rugby Championship.  

The atmosphere was magnificant as supporters from Macleans College and Dilworth School filtered into the massive arena.  Macleans sat to the left, Dilworth to the right, and as each of the teams ran out of the tunnel the reception was  deafening.  The Dilworth haka set the scene for what was to come in the next 70minutes of rugby.  A passionate performance of the haka flowed into the start of the game.  The 1st half was typical finals rugby where the game was an arm wrestle and nervous mistakes were made.  Dilworth conceeded an early penalty that was kicked to take Macleans to a 3-0 lead. Dilworth were then able to establish flow and continuity as they put their structure into place to take the lead 10-3 at half time.  After the break Dilworth came out with an intensity and determination that was a typical trait of their unbeaten season.  Corey Betham was like a thief in the night as he read the Macleans backline move as if it was the newspaper, and ran 60m to score his second try of the game underneath the posts.  From here Dilworth controled the game and were able to string phase after phase together and create an overwhelming dominance that Macleans were unable to combat.  The defence of Dilworth was bone rattling and their ball handling and retention was an example for all.  The final score 36-3, a convincing win and deserving of the 1B title and also an unbeaten 2013 season.  

Open A Basketball Win Central Zone
19/08/2013

The Open A Basketball team played in the final of the Central Zone Open A Basketball competition on Friday 16th August.  The game lived up to its final status with the result being decided in the dying seconds of the match.  Mt Albert Grammar School was the only team to have beaten Dilworth in the round robin stage of the competition and the final could have gone either way.  Dilworth managed to get an early run of points but this was then countered by a very strong Mt Albert side.  Defensive pressure by both teams lead to imperative stops late in the game which allowed score board pressure to build and the game to hang in the balance.  Latrel Whata took his opportunity to shoot a clutch 3 pointer to take Dilworth into the lead.  The Dilworth team then defended without fouling and keeping key Mt Albert Grammar players away from the ball to close out the dying seconds to win the game 85-83.  

The team now play in the Greater Auckland Basketball Championships on Wednesday 28th August at the North Schore Events Centre.  The team will play the winners and runners up of the North Harbour, West and Counties Manukau.  

Semi Final Success - Rugby 1st XV
19/08/2013

The 1st XV played a very well structured and controlled game against their semi final opponents Southern Cross Campus. The game was very physical and both teams contested strongly at ruck time.  The Dilworth lineout was accurate and early in the fixture the forwards set the standard for go foward ball with powerful drives off lineouts which built pressure and eventually resulted in the only points of the first half for Dilworth to lead 7-0 at the break.  After half time Dilworth scored out wide to stretch the lead to 12-0 before Southern Cross came back with a converted try.  The game was played between each teams 22metre lines and was a real arm wrestle before Dilworth were able to put on two more unconverted tries to win the semi final 22-7.

The team now face Macleans College in the Final of the 1B Championship on Saturday 24th August at Eden Park at 1:10pm. Entry to the stadium is on Walters Avenue at the ASB North Stand.  Entry is free so come along in your Dilworth colours to support the team.  

Old Boys and Archives
9/08/2013

Do you have stories to tell, Contraband to return or memories to share??  If you do the School Archive invites you to get in touch!

In nearly ten years trying to impose some sort of order on the Dilworth School Archives it is still very difficult to gather in new items of memorabilia or to recover lost records.

Our grasp of the first 24 years of the School’s history and evolution is especially tenuous, because so many records have been lost over the years and because until 1930 we lacked the regularly published School Magazine in which some of the day to day of school life would have been recorded.

Another issue facing anyone interested in the history of the School, is that unlike most other private schools, Dilworth does not usually host successive generations of any one family – once students have left the School it can be very hard to maintain the sort of connexions that ensure that anecdotes and memories are shared and passed on, and that items souvenired by the young eventually make their way back home.

The School Archivist is keen to hear from any Old Boy or former staff member who has a story or two about their time at Dilworth which they might like to share.  Recollections about any and all aspects of School life would be very welcome – both the good and the not so good!

We are also keen to rediscover all sorts of missing items – Old Boys can feel welcome to return any previously ‘borrowed’ School items in total confidence.  Examples of Schoolwork, items of Dilworth uniform, books and objects of whatever sort are (usually) most welcome.

The Archivist is usually available at the Senior Campus on Thursdays and Fridays 9.00a.m – 4.00p.m and can be contacted by phone (09) 523 1060 extension 868 or by email (e.lewis@dilworth.school.nz). 

We look forward to hearing from you.

 
Appointment of a New Trustee
30/04/2013

 Dilworth Trust Board Chairman, Derek Firth, has announced that the Board has appointed Old Boy Aaron Snodgrass to be a Trustee effective from 1 May 2013.  He will replace David Hunter who retires on 30 April 2013, after 15 years as Trustee, including 5 years as Deputy Chairman of the Board.

 David Hunter was appropriately thanked and farewelled on Founders’ Day (8 March) and will be accorded a private “thank you” dinner and presentation following his retirement.

 Aaron Snodgrass, BCom CA CPA (Armagh 1981-1989) has returned to New Zealand with his wife Courtney and two daughters after living and working in New York for 14 years.  Aaron is a Chartered Accountant who has worked for Deutsche Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers.  He attended the University of Auckland.  Aaron is returning to New Zealand to be the Chief Financial Officer of Eastland Group in Gisborne. 

 Aaron served on the Dilworth Old Boys’ Council for 10 years and has maintained a strong interest in the School since he left. 

Polyfest 2013
3/04/2013

The Kapa Haka group were placed 6th overall in their division and 1st in the Mau rakau category.

Ployfest 2013 - Kapa Haka

The Pasifika group placed 2nd in the Taufakanuia section, which is the traditional stick dance.

Polyfest 2013 - Pasifika Group Stick Dance

Students Manage $300,000 Investment
11/12/2012

The following link will take you to Tuesday's TV One Breakfast item on the Dilworth students who manage  investments for the benefit of School Aid.

http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/students-manage-300-000-investment-portfolio-video-5278907

Showdown Awards
31/10/2012

Last night the cast of Godspell attended a formal awards ceremony for 36 school productions from the Auckland Region. We had nominations in several categories and were proud to win Best Musical Direction (Zac Johns, year 13 – nominated against music teachers from High Schools) and Best Supporting Male in a Musical (Ben Robertson, Judas).

But the real excitement of the night came when we were awarded the supreme award of Best Overall Production for Godspell. This award was for the whole cast and band and crew and therefore incredibly special  to us all and to the whole community who supported us throughout the journey. Dilworth has never before received this high honour, and last night will rate amongst one of the proudest moments in the life of the school for many years to come.

Photos include - Key staff, Ben and his family on stage, Zac and his Gran - Jean Johns and Jordyn Brown (drummer), the whole cast on stage receiving the award.

Click here to view more on the Godspell Production.

Ian Hart Award
31/10/2012

Joint recipients Rupinder Sandhu and Reihana Soutar-Finch are to be congratulated on receiving the inaugral Ian Hart Award.

Sportsman of the Year - 2012
31/10/2012

Sportsman of the year displays the following qualities;

  • Outstanding performance in at least one sport during the year
  • Active participation in other sports
  • Setting an excellent example in good team spirit and sportsmanship, good manners at all times while engaged in sport
  • Actively participating in the coaching and development of younger and less able players in at least one sport
  • Showing enthusiasm for inter-school and inter-house sporting activities

Kaveinga Finau - Congratulations

House Music - delightful
31/10/2012

Once again, Dilworth held the highly enjoyable House Music Competition. The quality of the performances increases every year and this year did not prove to be different. This event is an opportunity to expose students to the performing arts as well as form bonds and create unity within the Houses.

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Classics Quiz - Enjoy
30/10/2012

During August, Dilworth was once again called to defend its place as champions of the Auckland Classics Association Classics Quiz.

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Sir Wilson James Whineray 10 July 1935 – 22 October 2012
27/10/2012

It is with great sadness that the Dilworth Trust Board notes the passing of Sir Wilson Whineray.

Whilst Sir Wilson is remembered primarily for his prowess on the rugby field, many at Dilworth are privileged to have known him in his capacity as a Trustee between 1996 and 2007.

A business associate of Sir Wilson’s was quoted as saying that “one of his greatest pleasures was being on the Dilworth Trust”, which provides education to boys from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Current and former Trustees, representatives from teaching staff and students joined hundreds of mourners at Parnell’s Holy Trinity Cathedral to farewell Sir Wilson who was remembered by the Sport New Zealand Chief Executive in the following way:

“He strove for excellence, in himself and others, and showed leadership through service in sports, business and the community.”

Trustees, Staff and students of Dilworth extend their deepest sympathy to Lady Elisabeth and family.

Tonga Trip - 2012
23/10/2012

The year 13 Connects Group traveled to Tonga in the first week of the holidays for a service trip and cultural exchange.

Click here to read more.

 

Dilworth at Parliament
11/05/2012

Dilworth was asked by ISNZ to be the “promoted” school at the annual gathering hosted at the Beehive for Independent Schools of NZ Principals, the ISNZ Executive Board, and Ministers and officials from Ministry of Education, NZQA, ERO, etc. (The Chief Executives from all three Government departments were present). Around 200 attended.

Click here to read the brilliant picture of the realities of a Dilworth Scholarship, which was provided by Paul Ketu’u - Head Prefect 2011.

St Peters, Cambridge - Sports Exchange report
3/05/2012

The sun shone for the annual St Peters, Cambridge sports exchange......

 

Rural Campus Opening
1/04/2012

After many months of hard work and planning, Te Haerenga, the Dilworth Rural Campus, was officially opened on Saturday, 10 March, 2012. This day was the finale to a long process of turning a boutique hotel into a boys’ school, able to accommodate 100 boys and staff and delivering a programme aimed at developing independence and resilience, in a rural setting. The opening was combined with the annual Founders' Assembly, during which thanks is given for the foresight and generosity of James and Isabella Dilworth. Over 1,500 people attended the opening, during which School musical and cultural talent was showcased, as were elements of the new programme being developed at the Campus.

The Rural Campus was officially opened by special guest, Governor General, Lieutenant General, The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae.

Following a generous lunch, there was an opportunity to tour the new facility and for guests to talk with Staff and boys about this exciting new concept.

 

 

Dilworth Boys often refer to each other as brothers.....
12/03/2012

A recent article in the February 2012 North and South magazine explained the unique nature of the school and what it does for the boys. 

Band of Brothers

National Radio - David Steemson looks at Dilworth School
12/03/2012
David Steemson looks at Dilworth School for Boys in Auckland which educates boys completely free of charge, and has done for over 100 years. As a charitable institution Dilworth's only one of two such schools in the world. From small beginnings the school now has three separate campuses.  Click on the link below to listen to the broadcast.

27 Jan, 2012 (10′08″)  /  03 Feb, 2012 (9′06″)  /  10 Feb, 2012 (10′14″)  /  17 Feb, 2012 (9′12″)

http://www.radionz.co.nz/search/results?mode=results&q=dilworth