Residential Care


One of the significant aspects of life at Dilworth is residential, or boarding life, with all boys at the Junior Campus living on-site, Sunday to Friday. Needless to say, we regard boarding life as very important, and a key part in transforming young boys’ lives. With 192 boys and 25 staff living on-site, the Junior Campus is a community in the true sense of the word. The boarding experience is unique.


The Junior Campus has 4 boarding houses:

Houses are able to maintain their individuality within the guidelines set down through the school management. Boarding House routines are an important stabilising structure for security, continuity and consistency.

Boarding school research reports that "boarding is an education in and of itself." Living in a boarding environment leads to learning that is just as (or more) valuable than the education one receives in a classroom. Fostering and nurturing a sense of community amongst boys and staff is vital. The residential experience provides a framework for pastoral care of students. Our focus is on genuine care of students who, in turn, exhibit this care towards one another. We endeavour to provide a boy-friendly environment, where their physical, social and academic needs are being met, just as they would be in their own homes. Essentially, we provide a 'home-away-from-home' environment, where engagement and enjoyment amongst the boys is paramount.

While the school is responsible for day-to-day care in the boys’ lives, parental involvement is a vital part of boarding life at Dilworth, and is positively encouraged at all times. The African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” is central to the boarding experience. Through regular communications, such as newsletters, telephone calls, email, blogs and school events, we want you to be part of your boy’s boarding experience – it is a partnership.

We also encourage boys at the Junior Campus, who are from within the Auckland region, to maintain links with their local sporting or cultural clubs, and the boys may have leave granted once a week to attend outside practices, subject to fulfilling their Dilworth obligations. Boys and families are expected to return on Sunday evening, generally between 6-6.30pm for Chapel, and the boys remain at school until Friday at 3.15pm.

There are four boarding houses at the Junior Campus, with 48 boys and five staff in each House, all of whom live on-site. The Houses are named after significant Dilworth people, including former Headmasters and Old Boys. The dormitories are modern, comfortable and well laid-out. There is an impressive array of ancillary facilities including a surgery, for the School Doctor’s twice weekly visit, and an isolation room. Similarly, the boys have access to the school facilities, including all-weather tennis courts, a twenty-five metre swimming pool and magnificent playing fields.

As you peruse the Dilworth website, I invite you to look at the information and history pertaining to each of the boarding houses at Dilworth.

Conolly House

Conolly House is one of three Year 7 & 8 boarding houses at the Junior Campus. It was named after John Conolly, who was Headmaster of Dilworth School from 1951-1965.

The Conolly House staff is led by Housemaster James Hannah, Religious Education Teacher at both Senior and Junior Campuses, a skilled musician, who has regular gigs with the band Late 80‘s Mercedes, husband and father of young cuties, Ruby and Zach. The Assistant Housemaster is Mr Andrew Lindsay. Matron Anne Vaughan has a long association with Dilworth, having seen her own boy through the school. Our overseas Tutors are Mr Jack Williams & Mr William Eglen.

Phone: 09 520 3130 ext 717


Cotter House

Cotter House is one of three Year 7 & 8 boarding houses at the Junior Campus. It was named after the late Donald (Bill) Cotter. Former Old Boy and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr Cotter was the driving force behind the implementation and construction of the Junior Campus. He is survived by his wife, Lynsie Cotter, who is a regular guest at our annual Cotter House Chapel.

The Staff team consists of Mr Heath Valvoi, Housemaster and Dilworth Year 6 Teacher. Mr Valvoi is a keen surfer and motorcyclist. Assistant Housemaster is Ms Lisa Corbett. Matron is Ms Lesia Walliss. Mr Alex Wanstall & Mr Griffydd Renouf are our overseas tutors.

Phone: 09 520 3130 ext 726


Gibson House

Gibson House is one of three Year 7 & 8 boarding houses at the Junior Campus. It was named after Noel Gibson, who was Headmaster of Dilworth School from 1914 to 1946.

The Gibson House staff team consists of Housemaster Mr John Langatuki. Assistant Housemaster is Mr Chris Haar, Matron is Mrs Robyn McCarthy and our overseas Tutors are Mr Johnnie Brydon & Mr Jack McIlroy

Phone: 09 520 3130 ext 724


MacMurray House

MacMurray House holds a special place in the Dilworth boarding system, as the House for the youngest boys in the school – Years 5 & 6. This is where the 'journey' begins, for a select group of Dilworth Boys and their families.

MacMurray House is named after the Rev'd Archdeacon George MacMurray, who played a vital role in the very establishment of the Dilworth Trust and School.

The MacMurray staff team is led by Mr Chris Norton. The Assistant Housemaster is Mr Rusty Arnold, a teacher at the Senior Campus. Matron is Mrs Loretta Helleur, and the oversease Tutors are Ms Laura Anderson & Ms Grace Shrestha

Phone: 09 520 3130 ext 716