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Fantastic Scholarship results for Dilworth students

Five Dilworth students all achieved fantastic results in the Scholarship assessments for 2018, which were announced this month. 

Most students gain Scholarships in Year 13 however, in 2018 three Year 12 students achieved five Scholarships between them. 

Quinn Gray achieved one of the best results in Dilworth’s history with two Outstanding Scholarships for English and Classical Studies, and one Scholarship for Geography. This meant he was one of only 46 students throughout New Zealand to achieve an overall Outstanding Scholar award. 

Elaijah Tuivaiti achieved a Scholarship in Classical Studies, while Anthony Bray gained a Scholarship for Statistics. 

Additionally, two Year 13 students from 2018 gained a Scholarship. Samuel Brown achieved a Scholarship for English and Liam Ottley gained two Scholarships for Biology and Classical Studies. 

The NZQA Scholarship Awards recognise the academic achievement of top students throughout New Zealand. Scholarship passes are given to just 3% of those sitting any particular subject, while Outstanding Scholarships are awarded to just 0.3% of students.

“Scholarship candidates are assessed against challenging standards, and are demanding, even for the most able of students,” says Acting Principal Neil Ritchie. 

“Achievement at this level is testament to the work that these boys have put in and they, and our school, can be justifiably proud of their results.” 

Congratulations to our Dilworth students for such fantastic results.

 Pictured are Quinn Gray and Elaijah Tuivaiti

Students honoured at Dilworth prizegiving ceremonies

All three campuses celebrated student success during 2018 at their annual prizegiving ceremonies.

Families and friends of Dilworth boys came along to show their support and to honour the hard work and commitment of the boys during the year.

Prizes were awarded across a range of categories including academic, sporting, cultural, and leadership. There was also an impressive range of scholarships awarded for further education, including scholarships from the University of Auckland, University of Otago, Victoria University and Waikato University.

Principal Donald MacLean says: “Congratulations to all the students who were awarded prizes during 2018. We’ve had an amazing year at Dilworth, and I’m proud of the effort all students have put in to both their studies and their extra-curricular activities.”

A full of awards from the prizegiving ceremonies is available here.

Message from the Dilworth Trust Board - Dan Reddiex appointed Principal of Dilworth School

The Dilworth Trust Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Dan Reddiex as the eighth Principal of Dilworth School. 

With a career in education spanning more than 20 years, Mr Reddiex joins us from King’s High School in Dunedin where he has been Rector (Principal) since 2008. 

Prior to this, Mr Reddiex was Assistant Principal at Otago Boys’ High School. Additionally he taught Economics and was a school Dean at both King’s High School and at Palmerston North Boys’ High School. 

Mr Reddiex studied in Palmerston North, gaining a BA in Economics from Massey University and a Diploma of Teaching from the Palmerston North College of Education. 

King’s High School, a state secondary school for boys, focuses on building men for life through the pursuit of personal excellence. Mr Reddiex has led the school through a period of significant growth and change. Since 2008, the school’s roll has grown 70% to more than 1,000 boys. He has overseen outstanding improvements in all aspects of student achievement including NCEA results, endorsements and scholarships. 

Mr Reddiex is strongly committed to student wellbeing, introducing values-based programmes into the curriculum. He has also instigated an alumni engagement programme, managed fundraising initiatives and overseen major developments of school facilities. Mr Reddiex is a recipient of the Woolf Fisher Fellowship Award in recognition of Excellence in Leadership.

In his spare time, he is a keen cricket and soccer fan. He is married to Carrie and they have two children – Larissa and Joel, aged 19 and 17 respectively. 

Mr Reddiex will join Dilworth School at the start of Term 2 next year with his first day being Monday, 29 April. In the interim, Head of Senior Campus Mr Neil Ritchie will be Acting Principal during Term 1 in 2019 after Mr Donald MacLean finishes at Dilworth at the end of the year. Mr MacLean will assist in transitioning Mr Reddiex to our school. 

As only our eighth Principal in our 112-year history, it is rare for Dilworth to recruit for this important role. The Trust Board is confident that Mr Reddiex has the skills, experience and vision to lead our unique school through the next, exciting chapter and stages of development. 

He is a passionate and dedicated educator who has a deep understanding of how best to help boys achieve, succeed and prepare for their future. He is committed to maintaining the special character of Dilworth in the Anglican tradition. 

We look forward to welcoming Mr Reddiex to our community in 2019. 

Aaron Snodgrass


Dilworth Trust Board   


Invitation to Parents and Caregivers

As you know, we will be farewelling Mr Donald MacLean, Principal of Dilworth School, at a special Senior Campus assembly on Tuesday, 4 December, starting at 3.00p.m.  This will take place in the hall.

This is an open invitation to all members of the Dilworth community who would like to be part of this event.  

This assembly will be followed by refreshments in the Sports Centre.  If you would like to attend, please RSVP for catering purposes to

Our annual Carol Service will take place later that evening at The Holy Trinity Cathedral, starting at 7.30 p.m.

Neil Ritchie


Performing Arts Showcase 2018

The performing arts at Dilworth were celebrated at our annual Arts Showcase last week.

This event recognises excellence and acknowledges top talent with awards throughout all areas of the performing arts.

The evening event also featured a variety of outstanding performances including singing, drama, Shakespeare and more from Dilworth students.

Head of Performing Arts David Stent says: “There is such an immense wealth of talent within Dilworth. We’d like to congratulate the winners, the runners up and all of those who have contributed to making this a fantastic year for performing arts for our school.”

Premier winners for this year's Arts Showcase are: 

  • Sione Latu - Alex Conte Cup for an Outstanding and Versatile Musician
  • Leroy Brown - Award for Technical Excellence
  • Jai Selkirk - Barbara Morgan Cup for Public Speaking
  • Etuate Lutui - Best Performance in a Dilworth Musical
  • William Betham - Dilworth Senior Campus Prize for a Boy Excelling on his Chosen Instrument and Contemporary Music Foundation Trophy for Excellence in Guitar Performance
  • David Nanai - Drum City Award for the Most Versatile Drummer
  • Israel Grant - Eve Russell Cup for the Best All-Round Chorister
  • Vili Talanoa - Excellence in Brass
  • Josiah Seleni - Harbourne and Arthur Cup for Most Improved Clarinettist
  • Kanaipono Schwalger - Junior Chorister Cup for Overall Excellence and Commitment to Choir
  • Pounamu Anaru - Kaiwero Trophy (joint winner)
  • Xavier Paul - Kaiwero Trophy (joint winner)
  • Thomas King - KBB Cup for Most Improved Saxophonist
  • Jared Salelesi - KBB Cup for Most Improved Trumpeter
  • Thomas Burke - Most Improved Lower Brass Player
  • Josh Hirst - Most Promising Piper Award
  • Sam Brown - Outstanding Contribution to Drama
  • Josiah Va’a - Service to Performing Arts
  • Sam Brown - The Irish Cup for Performer of the Year 

Sports Awards 2018

The annual Sports Awards were held last night to celebrate the success of sport at Dilworth School in 2018. Congratulations to all recipients of awards:

Student Coaches & Officials  
Basketball Referee Mini Ball Competition  Pounamu Anaru
Basketball Referee Zone Competition Amokura Bristow
Basketball U17 White Coach Israel Grant
Basketball U17 Black Coach Waikauri Heteraka
Touch Referee Zone Competition Cairo Iakopo
Basketball Referee Zone Competition Maximus Lynes
Touch Referee Zone Competition Aaron Sao
Basketball U17 Red Coach & Basketball Referee  Ethan Te Moananui
Record Breakers  
Senior 25m Backstroke 14.44 secs Dylan Petherick
Senior 25m Butterfly 13.53 secs Dylan Petherick
Intermediate 25m Breaststroke 16.03 secs Samion Taakitao
Intermediate 50m Breaststroke 36.84 secs Samion Taakitao
Junior Athletics Champion  Palema Vatikani
Intermediate Athletics Champion  Beau Wing
Senior Athletics Champion Liam Ottley
Full Colours Athletics & 1st Tie Isaac Vaeau-Mulitalo
Most Improved Badminton Player   George Wells
Most Valuable Badminton Player Andre Chan
Maniac Trophy - Most Improved Basketball Player & Full Colours Maximus Lynes
Dion Grant Trophy -  Most Valuable Basketball Player & Full Colours  Ethan Te Moananui
Most Improved Climber  Johnny Nguyen
Most Valuable Climber  Henry Wang
Craige McMahon Memorial Trophy - Most Improved All  Round Cricketer   Adam Bell
English Public Schools Trophy – Excellence in Cricket & Full Colours Osika Kaufononga
Full Colours Cricket Manawaora Ormsby
  Dylan Petherick
  Edward Whyte
Cross Country  
Junior Cross Country Champion  Matthew Miya Smith
Intermediate Cross Country Champion  Beau Wing
Senior Cross Country Champion Liam Ottley
Most Improved Football Player   Zach McKenzie
Paul Mountfort Memorial Trophy - Best Goal Scoring Tally across all grades in Football  Noah McKenzie
Bryers Trophy - Most Dedicated and Sporting Football Player & Full Colours Bradley Egglestone
Full Colours Football Nathan Su’a
Most Improved Hockey Player  Lennox Jones & Bradley Egglestone
Hobson Trophy - Most Outstanding Contribution to Hockey & Full Colours Andrew Gleeson
Full Colours Hockey Manawaora Ormsby
Lawn Bowls  
Most Improved Lawn Bowls Player Simon Heath
Most Valuable Lawn Bowls Player Thomas Burke
Full Colours Lawn Bowls Etuate Lutui
  Daniel McElwee
C.G. Gadsby Cup - Most Improved Rugby Player,  1st Tie & Full Colours Paki Matthews
Dean Thomson Trophy - Outstanding Contribution to Rugby & Full Colours Tevita Hala
The Cashen Cup - Rugby Player of the Year, 1st Tie & Full Colours Jesse Johansson
1st Tie Presentation - Rugby Brandon Fifita
  Tupou Kaufononga
  Talai’asi Moli
  Stanley Payne Lupe
  Bless Perese
  Fakaola Teutau
  Jemarn Taipaleti
  Jerome Tupuola
Full Colours Rugby & 1st Tie Rugby Harrison Dudley Rode
  Hazzey Tu’akalau
  Viliami Va’inga
  Edward Whyte
Full Colours Rugby Pelesio ‘Aho
  Sitaleki Baker
  Lutimi Fifita
  Sam Fonua
  Osika Kaufononga
  Lolomana’ia Liava’a
  Tyrone Mafi
  David Mahe
  David Nanai
  Reece Piakura
  Te Waa Spicer
Most Improved Squash Player Jack Hewitt
Most Valuable Squash Player Josh Coleman
Junior Swimming Champion Hamish Kumar
Intermediate Swimming Champion Samion Taakitao
Senior Swimming Champion & Certificate in recognition of being Dilworth Swimming Champion for 9 consecutive years Dylan Petherick
Table Tennis  
Most Improved Table Tennis Player  Mackenzie Shortland
Most Valuable Table Tennis Player & 1st Tie Nick Fahey
Full Colours Table Tennis & 1st Tie Jack Sun
Most Improved Touch Player & 1st Tie  Samuela Fanguna
Most Valuable Touch Player & Full Colours Aaron Sao
Full Colours Touch & 1st Tie Cairo Iakapo
Full Colours Touch Tyron Norman 
1st Team Tie Presentation -  Touch Jeremy Mangu
  Te Oranga Ormsby
  Azi Taulagi
  Johnny Vakalahi
Most Improved Volleyball Player & Full Colours Sione Lemeki
Most Valuable Volleyball Player & Full Colours Sitaleki Baker
Full Colours Volleyball Pelesio ‘Aho
Most Improved Wrestler  Delvin Mudukuti
Dilworth Grizzlies Wrestling Trophy for Achievement & Endeavour & Full Colours Thomas Nguyen
Regional Representatives  
Auckland U18 Rugby Sitaleki Baker
North Harbour U17 Softball  Lennox Jones
Waikato Tainui U17 Netball Deacon King
Auckland Secondary Schools' Wrestling Thomas Nguyen
Counties Manukau Open & U18 Mixed Touch Tyron Norman
Auckland Central U16 Rugby Jemarn Taipaleti
Auckland U19 Basketball  Ethan Te Moananui
Auckland Central U16 Rugby Jerome Tupuola
Auckland Athletics Isaac Vaeau-Mulitalo
Auckland Central U16 Rugby Viliami Va’inga
Auckland Central U16 Rugby John Vatikani
Auckland Central U14 Rugby Palema Vatikani
Auckland Central U16 Rugby Edward Whyte
National Representatives / National Champion  
Samoa U19 Men’s Basketball & Waitakere U19 Basketball Stanley Payne Lupe
New Zealand & Counties Manukau Tae Kwon Do  Elaijah Tuivaiti
Tonga U16 Rugby League & Tonga U23 Tag Johnny Vakalahi
Australasian Scotter Association - New Zealand U16 Scooter Champion Beau Wing
Major Sports Awards  
Ian Hart Award Lydon Aoake
Senior Satherley Nominees  
Senior Satherley Nominee Andrew Gleeson
Senior Satherley Nominee Israel Grant
Senior Satherley Nominee Nathan Su’a
Senior Satherley Winner Andrew Gleeson
Hillary Prize Nominees   
Hillary Prize Nominee Elaijah Tuivaiti
Hillary Prize Nominee Isaac Vaeau-Mulitalo
Hillary Prize Nominee Beau Wing
Hillary Prize Winner Elaijah Tuivaiti
Sportsman of the Year Nominees  
Sportsman of the Year Nominee Tevita Hala
Sportsman of the Year Nominee Osika Kaufononga
Sportsman of the Year Nominee Liam Ottley
Sportsman of the Year Nominee Dylan Petherick
Sportsman of the Year Winner Tevita Hala

Silver and Auahi Kore Performance awards for Dilworth School at The Big Sing Finale

Dilworth School is celebrating after senior choir Fortissimo secured a Silver Award and the Auahi Kore Performance Award at The Big Sing Finale in Wellington on Saturday 1 September.

The 32-student choir received the Silver Award for their overall performance and the Auahi Kore Performance Award - Best total performance of a work using Māori text for their rendition of “E Te Atua”. “E Te Atua” was composed by former Dilworth student Hato Paparoa and arranged by former Fortissimo co-director Josh Clark.

Twenty-four choirs from throughout the country took part in the finale of The Big Sing, a national singing competition for secondary schools organised by the New Zealand Choral Federation. The choirs were selected following regional competitions that more than 250 choirs from around New Zealand participated in.

Fortissimo is directed by Dilworth Director of Choral Music Claire Caldwell with the support of vocal consultant James Harrison, who conducted two of the five pieces performed at the finale.

Claire Caldwell says: “This is the third time Fortissimo have received a Silver Award and it really is a remarkable achievement. We were particularly honoured to receive the Auahi Kore Performance Award for performing music composed by a former Dilworth student.

“The boys have worked extremely hard getting ready for The Big Sing over the last few months and we are all very proud of them.”

Head Chorister and Year 13 student Israel Grant says: “Everyone in Fortissimo is passionate about music and it was great to see that come through in the recitals. We were all pleased with what we achieved and to receive the awards that we did was pretty amazing.”

Throughout the three-day finale, Fortissimo presented two recitals. The first included performances of “The Southern Gale” by New Zealand composer Philip Norman, “Beati Mortui” by Mendelssohn and “Come Fly With Me” by Jimmy Van Heusen. While the second recital included performances of “Going up to Glory” by Andre Thomas as well as “E Te Atua”.

New experiences in the outdoors

Spending a night at the mercy of the elements in sub-zero temperatures was an adventure a group of Year 12 and 13 students will not forget.

But it was all part of the experience for 17 Dilworth students who visited the Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre (OPC) in Tongariro in the last school holidays. The trip was an opportunity to spend time in the mountains and try out activities including skiing, snowboarding, abseiling and high ropes as well as mountain climbing.

It was also a chance to build leadership skills, with boys using navigation skills during walks as well as being in charge of cooking and setting their own campsites.

Year 12 student Zach McKenzie says the students didn’t know what to expect when they were told they were going to sleep on Mount Ruapehu for a night.

“We arrived at the mountain in the morning and it took us all day to hike two kilometres. On the way up however we had some good yarns and we practiced some climbing techniques. We then found a safe spot and set our tents up. 

“Since we were so high up, it was super cold so you couldn’t really feel your feet. But the sunset was like surreal, like nature really provided the goods,” Zach says.

Year 12 student Kellen Dudley-Rode says learning to ski and snowboard was a highlight for many. 

“Tuesday was the day everyone had been looking forward to because we got to head up Mount Ruapehu into some snow to the ski fields. Most of us started on the Happy Valley for our lessons. Here we all learnt the basics of snowboarding and skiing, so that we could go further up the mountain to try the harder trails,” Kellen says.

The six-day trip was rounded off by cleaning up the cabins and a haka to thank the staff at the OPC. The students gained life-long memories and did themselves and the school proud.

Zach says: “This trip honestly was a fulfilling experience there were so many memories and good times made.”

Principal Donald MacLean to retire


Sadly, I am informing you that our Principal Donald MacLean will be retiring at the end of this year. 

Donald will leave a lasting legacy after more than two decades as Dilworth’s Principal and 40 years in the teaching profession.

Under Donald’s leadership, Dilworth has developed a culture of outstanding achievement in all areas.  Academic performance has improved year on year, with 2017 NCEA results being the best in the school’s history.  Culturally our school has flourished, with music being recognised both nationally and internationally. Our sporting performance has also gone from strength to strength. Donald has been a champion of encouraging the boys to be good all-rounders and to excel in all aspects of school life, whatever their strengths. The impact of the improvements in pastoral care and the spiritual life of the school are also significant.

A highlight of Donald’s tenure at Dilworth has been the opening of the Rural Campus in 2012. He was the initial inspiration behind the concept of this unique outdoor education centre with the decision to purchase the old Hotel du Vin site in Mangatawhiri. The Rural Campus has changed our school’s culture and allowed us to offer boys an extraordinary opportunity they would not be able to receive anywhere else in New Zealand. 

There is no doubt that Dilworth is a special place. Many of our students come from challenging circumstances yet their incredible achievements both at school and beyond never fail to impress me. This, and the transformation of these boys, is testament to Donald’s strong leadership and the hard work of our exceptional staff.

The Trust Board expresses our gratitude to Donald for his commitment, dedication and service to Dilworth and we wish him the best for his future.  As the year closes, there will be an opportunity to farewell Donald at various events.

The Trust Board is progressing with recruitment of a new Principal and we will keep you up to date with news on this appointment.

Aaron Snodgrass


Dilworth Trust Board


The remarkable legacy of our founder James Dilworth will be honoured when he is inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame next week.

The Hall of Fame recognises individuals who have made a significant contribution to the economic and social development of New Zealand. James Dilworth is one of nine laureates who is being inducted this year at an event on Friday 27 July. 

Dilworth Trust Board Chairman Aaron Snodgrass says: “This is a significant honour for James Dilworth, our school and our community. Thanks to the generosity of James and Isabella Dilworth, the school has been able to provide an education to more than 5,000 boys over the last 112 years.”

Today the school still follows the principles laid down in the Dilworth Will to educate boys so they can reach their full potential and become “good and useful members of society”.

Coinciding with James Dilworth’s recognition, the Trust Board will talk about its future vision – which includes reimagining learning at the flagship Senior Campus in Epsom and potentially opening a school for girls.

“We want to make sure our Senior Campus can evolve into a fully immersive, learning environment for the 21st century where boys are surrounded by opportunities to learn and prepare for life in this challenging, fast changing, technological age,” Mr Snodgrass says.

The redevelopment of the Senior Campus could include the creation of high-tech learning centres, developing partnerships with businesses that give boys the opportunity to gain real world experiences, the expansion of boarding house facilities and building technology workshops and innovation laboratories where boys can bring their creative ideas to life.

“Opening a school for girls would be an exciting evolution for the Trust as it would clearly address an unmet need, but it will take some time to fully plan and secure funding,” Mr Snodgrass says.

“We are fully committed financially supporting our current student levels. To effectively achieve our vision, we are looking to partner with donors who share this vision.”

Over the next 18 months, the Trust Board will also be researching global best practice in education and seeking advice from specialists including planners and architects to help the plans take shape.

Academic success at Dilworth

An internal report completed at Dilworth School has shown year-on-year improvement in NCEA results with record achievement rates for 2017. 

Principal Donald MacLean says: “Our students stay at school longer and perform at levels significantly higher than the national average. In 2017, 99% of all students and 100% of Māori and Pasifika students gained NCEA Level 3. These are outstanding results that our students should be very proud of.” 

Additionally in 2017, 69% of Dilworth students gained University Entrance compared with an average of 49% of students from throughout New Zealand.

Dilworth is a Decile 4 school, so results are also compared with boys from Decile 4 schools throughout the country. Deciles reflect the socio-economic position of a school’s community relative to other New Zealand schools.

“There is a strong link between decile ratings and academic performance, with students from higher decile schools generally performing at a higher level. Dilworth students continue to be an exception to this trend,” Mr MacLean says.

NCEA Results 2017


Dilworth School

National all students

National boys only

Decile 4-7 boys only

Decile 4 boys only

Level 1






Level 2






Level 3






University Entrance






The table above shows how Dilworth School results compare with the averages of those achieved by students throughout the country in 2017.

Mr MacLean says Dilworth's excellent retention rates are a major contributing factor to achievement beyond the school gates.

“The latest data shows 95% of our students are staying at school until they are aged at least 17, compared with a national average of 81%. The more skills and knowledge our students gain here, the better prepared they will be for their future beyond Dilworth.” 

Dilworth Trust Board Chairman Aaron Snodgrass says: “These are fantastic results and it is encouraging to see an upward trend in academic performance over the years.

“Our aim is to help each student reach their full potential. It is great to see this reflected not just academically, but throughout all aspects of school life including sport, performing arts, choir, kapa haka and more.

“The Board is appreciative of the dedication of the teaching and house staff and of the hard work and effort of all of the boys.

“I’m sure if James Dilworth could see the school in 2018, he would be impressed with how well the students are performing and the culture of achievement within Dilworth."

NCEA Level 3 achievement: Five-year moving average

The graph above shows the moving average of NCEA Level 3 achievement results over a five-year period for each year.

Junior Campus visit the Hawke’s Bay

During June 52 students and nine staff from Dilworth Junior Campus set off on a trip to the Hawke's Bay to visit Hereworth School.

The three-day trip was both a sporting and cultural exchange as well as a chance for the boys to take in the sights of Napier.

Head of Junior Campus Peter Vos says: “The trip to Hereworth is a highlight on our calendar. For many of the boys, it’s the first time they’ve visited the Hawke's Bay and their first time being billeted with another family.

“The boys really enjoyed meeting new people and seeing new things. Since the trip we’ve heard a lot of great stories about their experiences, their host families and their trip to the National Aquarium.” 

The exchange with Hereworth, a boys' school in Havelock North, takes place every second year.

While there the boys played hockey, football and rugby with scores as follows:

  • 1st Xl hockey:             4 - 0 to Hereworth
  • 1st Xl Football:            6 - 0 to Hereworth
  • 1st XV Rugby              44 - 10 to Dilworth

Stu Selby, Head of PE at the Junior Campus, says: “All three were exciting, hard fought matches with the boys from both schools giving their absolute best. The skills and talent of all the boys were clearly on display.

"The musical exchange was excellent with our musicians playing solo pieces on piano, cello, flute and saxaphone. Omahu Jammers, our band of six students, got the audience rocking in their seats. The Kapa Haka group stunned everyone with three waiata ending with a haka that all the Dilworth students joined in on.

“The last item on our agenda was a trip to the Hereworth School chapel for a service, which was a wonderful way to round off the trip," Mr Selby says.


Fortissimo success at Big Sing!

Dilworth senior choir Fortissimo won three significant awards at The Big Sing Auckland regional competition this week.

The 32-student choir was awarded Best Festival Recital Programme by a Male Choir and were Runner Up for Most Outstanding Performance of a Single Work for their rendition of “Come Fly with Me”.

They also won the Ministry for Youth Development’s Young Ambassador’s Award for the choir that embodies the spirit of leadership, community engagement and the spirit of the festival.

Conductor and Dilworth Director of Choral Music Claire Caldwell says: “More than 70 choirs competed in the Big Sing from around the Auckland region so to have won these awards among so many amazing performances really is an outstanding achievement.

“Fortissimo worked really hard choreographing the work and practising so it’s wonderful to see this recognised. The boys should be extremely proud of themselves as we all are here at Dilworth.

“Our thanks as well go to our Vocal Tutor and Assistant Conductor James Harrison, Lisa Lorrell for her assistance with the choreography, and drummer Chris Dawson who all helped the choir prepare for The Big Sing.”

Head Chorister Israel Grant says: “I am so proud of how hard the boys worked, giving up some of their valuable holiday time with their families to go on two camps, and rehearsing twice a week. The bond we have formed shows in our music and these are memories we will cherish long after we leave the green gates of Dilworth.”

The Big Sing is a national secondary school singing competition that has more than 10,000 young people from 250 schools across New Zealand taking part.

As well as “Come Fly with Me”, Fortissimo also performed “Beati Mortui” by Mendelssohn and “Southern Gale” by New Zealand composer Philip Norman.

Year 10 choir Tenuso attended The Big Sing too, performing "Panis Angelicus" and "Tofa my Feleni" at the competition. The choir were conducted by Ben Jennings-Sio, a Year 11 student from Fortissimo.

Following The Big Sing regional competitions, 24 choirs will be selected to participate in the National Finale and compete for bronze, silver, gold and platinum awards.


Life changing experience at Camp Adair

Inspiring and amazing is how five Senior Campus students described a recent camping trip where they helped visually impaired young people experience the outdoors. 

Year 13 students Shaan Johari, Guneesh Jubal, Israel Grant, Jonny Haydon and Antonio Payne-Lupe attended the VIP (Visually Impaired Persons) Camp at Camp Adair in the Hunua Ranges with students from a number of Auckland schools during May.

Supported the Remuera Rotary Club and the Royal New Zealand Foundation for the Blind, the camp provides opportunities for visually impaired young people to try activities including archery and a confidence course. Throughout the weekend, students work together to complete activities as well as games and lessons.

There were plenty of memorable moments for Dilworth students. 

Shaan says the flying fox, where students had to climb up a 20-metre-high pole and jump off a platform, was a stand out.

“I noticed some of the kids were a bit nervous and needed a bunch of encouragement to get them going. But in the end, all of the VIPS gave it a shot. This was an especially astonishing moment for me,” Shaan says. 

For Israel, the highlight was the confidence course. “Watching everyone slowly embrace the mud, some quicker than others, was a great trust and bonding activity. This particular activity brought us all closer together with the VIPs as well as the other buddies,” Israel says.

Dilworth students have attended the camp for many years and Jonny says he would definitely recommend it to future students.

“We gained so much. The VIPs who attended the camp all faced unique challenges with respect to things that we take for granted every single day, yet the joy they expressed was second to none. It inspired and humbled me and made me realise that we all have a great deal to be thankful for.”

 Dilworth students (left to right) Jonny Haydon, Shaan Johari, Guneesh Jubal, Antonio Payne-Lupe and Israel Grant.


Message from the Dilworth Trust Board

Former Dilworth Old Boy and Trustee Aaron Snodgrass has been appointed Chair of the Dilworth Trust Board at the Board’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) this week.

Aaron replaces Jon Wain who has resigned after 14 years on the Dilworth Trust Board, which included three years as Chair.

Aaron attended Dilworth from 1981 to 1989 and has been a Trustee since 2013. He was also a member of the Dilworth Old Boys’ Association (DOBA) Council and held the post of Treasurer from 1994 to 1999. 

Aaron is currently Chief Financial Officer at Eastland Group. The Gisborne-based infrastructure company owns and operates the region’s electricity network and port, and manages Gisborne Airport. It also runs Eastland Generation, which produces electricity from predominantly hydro and geothermal plants. Eastland Group recently established New Zealand’s first community-focused new energy hub, Electric Village. He has previously lived and worked in New York City with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deutsche Bank, returning to New Zealand in 2013.  Aaron is a Fellow Chartered Accountant who attended the University of Auckland and Harvard Business School. He is married to Courtney and has four children.

Prior to the AGM, Mr Wain advised that for family and career reasons he would not be standing again for the position of Chair and has resigned his position as Trustee. 

The Trustee’s would like to acknowledge Jon and his wife Kay for their years of dedication and commitment to Dilworth, including the upheaval of their lives leaving Brisbane so Jon could take up the position of Chair in 2015. Prior to becoming a Trustee, Jon was a Council Member of DOBA for several years, three as President.

Jon has been working on a project relating to the history of the Trust Board, and the Trustees are pleased he will continue to complete this project.  

The Board has wished Jon and Kay all the very best for their future, and know Jon will continue to be a loyal supporter of Dilworth.

Rob Campbell

General Manager

Dilworth Trust Board

Academic success of 2017 celebrated

The academic success of our 2017 Top Scholars was celebrated at a Senior Campus function on Tuesday 27 March.

Top Scholars are students who achieved an overall Excellence endorsement in NCEA external examinations.  In 2017, there were 12 boys who achieved Excellence at Level 1, seven achieved Excellence at Level 2 and seven achieved Excellence at Level 3. The boys (listed below) each received a certificate to acknowledge their high performance and a Top Scholars badge. 

Additionally, five boys received Silver Dilworth Medals for gaining scholarships – Indivar Kumar and Oscar Richardson-Read in Drama along with Matthew Mcnaughton, Liam Ottley and Quinn Gray in Classical Studies.

The Gold Dilworth Medal for Top Scholar for Excellence in NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3 was awarded to Indivar Kumar. Matthew Mcnaughton was awarded the Gold Dilworth Runner-Up Top Scholar medal.

 The overall NCEA results for our school from 2017 were:

  • Year 11 -  95% gained NCEA Level 1 with 56% getting a Merit or Excellence endorsement
  • Year 12 -  95% gained NCEA Level 2 with 41% getting a Merit or Excellence endorsement
  • Year 13 -  99% gained NCEA Level 3 with 27% getting a Merit or Excellence endorsement and 70% gaining a University Entrance qualification.

Congratulations to Top Scholars and all Dilworth students on these outstanding academic results. We are all proud of your success.

Top Scholars 2017

Year 11 Year 12 Year 13
Paolo Aquino Dylan Petherick Indivar Kumar
Anthony Bray Guneesh Jubal Tommy Hou
Quinn Gray Harrison Dudley-Rode Takerei Komene
Joji Joseph Liam Ottley Morgan King
Talai Moli Sam Brown Matthew Macnaughtan
Marvin Toa Shaan Johari Luca Macioce
Elaijah Tuivaiti Steven Sieu Oscar Richardson-Read
Elijah Maseman    
Jean Luc Ellis    
Hemi Young    
Joel Tonga’onevia    
Ryan Ah Yek    



Urinetown – Dioworth School Production, April 2018

Urinetown! What is Urinetown? Who lives there? What does it all mean? And why would we decide to produce a show with such an awful title? 

Dioworth Productions are proud to present a modern production of an award-winning show that finished its Broadway run in 2004. 

Darkly humorous and openly irreverent towards the genre of musical theatre, Urinetown tells the story of a town caught in the throes of a desperate water shortage, where it will quite literally cost you for the privilege to pee. 

Inspired by the beautiful Hope, local toilet mop-boy and amenity assistant Bobby Strong, leads the poor into rebellion against the evil corporation that controls all public bathrooms and their dastardly chief executive, Caldwell B Cladwell.

Will Bobby succeed in his cry for freedom? Will Cladwell realise the error of his ways and turn away from a life of greed and corruption? And will the audience finally realise the true, secret, and terrible message behind Urinetown’s hilariously up-beat and comic facade?  

Show details:

When: Sunday 8 April to Wednesday 11 April at 7pm

Where: Raye Freeman Arts Centre – Epsom Girls Grammar School, Silver Road, Epsom

Tickets: Available at

Adults - $20

School students - $15

Dilworth School students -  please come to the office to arrange a ticket at the subsidised price of $6.

If you can’t access please contact the school office on (09) 523 1060.

Please note: There are no door sales 

Further information:




Music and Lyrics - Mark Hollmann

Book and Lyrics - Greg Kotis

URINETOWN was produced on Broadway in September, 2001 by the Araca Group and Dodger Theatricals in association with TheatreDreams, Inc.,and Lauren Mitchell

Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia).All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia. 

Athletic success for Isaac Vaeau-Mulitalo

Year 12 student Isaac Vaeau-Mulitalo took home a silver medal in the Under 18 Men’s Hammer Throw at the NZ Track & Field Championships in Hamilton on Saturday 10 March.

This is only the second year that Isaac has been throwing the hammer, after he transferred from the more common shot put and discus events.

Isaac started competing in athletics when he was seven years old in shot put and discus. As he developed his techniques and progressed to secondary school, he was able to secure Dilworth records for both of these events. Isaac also went on to win the North Island Secondary Schools (NISS) Athletics Championships discus in Year 9 and place in various other competitions at school level.  

In 2017 Isaac made the decision to switch from discus and shot put to the hammer throw as he wanted a new challenge and found hammer interesting.  Isaac secured Didier Pooppe at the end of 2016 to coach him in this new discipline.  He showed a willingness to learn new techniques and trained extremely hard to grasp the new concepts he was faced with.  Under Pooppe’s guidance and direction Isaac went from 6th at Nationals at the end of 2017 to 2nd at this event.  

This year Isaac will be competing at both the Auckland and North Island Secondary Schools Championships with the desire to medal in both of these events.  The future is looking bright for Isaac but he knows he cannot look too far ahead and the importance of training hard and trying to make small improvements each time he competes. 

Senior Campus French/History Trip September 2017

On Thursday, 28 September, 34 students and 7staff left Auckland Airport on the first leg of our voyage to France. The trip was the result of nearly two years of planning and fundraising by the staff, boys and their parents.

Our first few days were spent in Paris doing the usual sights such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Champs Elysees and a night boat ride on the Seine. The boys also had a great time shopping and discovering how to use the Metro. We then headed for Caen in Normandy to visit theD-Day beaches, Mont St Michel, the BayeuxTapestry and more. The group then split into two,with the French students travelling to La Rochelle to stay with a French family for five days to develop their French and learn more of the French culture. The History students headed to the World War I battlefields in the Somme and Passchendaele to better understand New Zealand’s role in the war and find the burial sites of the two Dilworth Old Boys and their teacher who lost their lives there. The two groups rejoined in Paris with a final outing to the Versailles Palace.

In all, it was a great experience that the boys got a lot out of and thoroughly enjoyed. We thank Mr MacLean and the Trust Board for their cooperation and assistance with the trip. 

New Chaplain for Dilworth

I am very happy to announce the appointment of Rev Greg Worboys as the new Chaplain at Dilworth.

Rev Greg has spent 10 years in church youth ministry, some of them with the Anglican parish of Waikanae in the Wellington Diocese, where he was ordained, as well as with mission organisations travelling in Europe and the United States.

Rev Greg has also spent the last three years at St John’s College, Meadowbank, and has found space to work on a part time basis over that period as a support worker for students at Tamaki College in Glen Innes. He has a passion for, and considerable experience in, working with youth from a wide variety of backgrounds. 

Rev Greg is a strong communicator and team person, and has worked in many different and creative ways to bring the good news of Christianity to young people in particular.

Rev Greg Worboys, and his wife Steph will be officially welcomed at the start of the next school year.  In the meantime, we expect to see him around the school over the closing weeks of the term, to meet people and familiarise himself with our school community.

I know we will all give them a very warm welcome.

Donald MacLean


6 November 2017

Spoken Word Fundraiser

Have a great nights entertainment and support our Dilworth Spoken Word Team in their quest to take out the Trans Tasman Youth Poetry Slam.

This Friday night 3rd November in the DBC, Senior Campus

$10.00 entry & $5.00 per student.

Pre show 6 – 7pm  sausage sizzle, on the spot portraits by Michael Zhang $5.00, raffle with great prizes:$120 Westfield gift vouchers, 2 tickets to see the musical Pleasure Dome and Happy Hour vouchers for Coco’s Cantina. 

7-8pm The Boys Battle Melbourne fundraiser

It will be an hour of fantastic poetic entertainment from our boys, The South Auckland Poets Collective, Melodownz and the one and only Tim Heath.

Dilworth Senior Big Band at the KBB Music Festival

The Dilworth Senior Big Band competed for the first time at the annual KBB Music Festival at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell on Thursday 17 August. After a mere 4 months of rehearsal and following on from successful performances at the Dilworth X-Change Performers Night (run by the Old Boys Association) and an assembly for the Senior Campus students, the boys were keen to test their work against the other Auckland schools being represented at the competition. A series of minor set backs and challenges in a very difficult week for the school did not prevent them from fronting up and the two adjudicators judging the competition were generous in complementing the attitude and potential of what is still a very young group. The band played well and earned a Bronze Award for their efforts – a convincing indicator of the good work done so far, and a result that will motivate them to move forward as we approach more difficult material and raise our expectations of top quality performance outcomes. As part of the KBB Music Festival experience the boys were also able to hear some of the best student bands in Auckland and this has given them a much clearer picture of the path ahead as we strive for stronger and more consistent results over the coming years.


Carlos Raass - Year 13 Student

It was with sadness that we learned of the passing of Year 13 student, Carlos Raass. Carlos joined Dilworth in Year 6. He was one of five brothers to have attended Dilworth. Adrian,Benjamin and David are current students, with Calvin being an Old Boy. Carlos was diagnosed with a form of Lymphoma. He passed away peacefully on 13 August, surrounded by family. Carlos was a member of Conolly House at the Junior Campus and Donegal House at the Senior Campus. He was a greatly respected member of the Dilworth Community, remembered for his strong work ethic and unassuming, gentle manner that made him a friend to all. We have all been deeply touched by this sad event. Our thoughts and prayers go to his mother, Nikki, and his siblings.

Senior Campus Term 3 Week 3 Sports Wrap

This week in sport belongs to the U19A basketball team who displayed control, accuracy and intensity in the final of the Central East Basketball competition. From the early outset Stanley Payne-Lupe found his range from outside the 3 point line and shot the house down. Tak Soropa worked tirelessly to gain offensive and defensive rebounds often getting the team repeat possessions through his hunger to get hands on ball. Anthony Pereria-Bureta lead the charge on defence and attack, organising plays and controlling the tempo. Hemi Young joined in the shooting display and showed his skill from the outer marks of the court while Ethan Te Moananui became a nuisance as he drove hard to the hoop converting layups on his left and right hands. The first 20 minutes was dominated by Dilworth and Selwyn were faced with a 25-9 scoreboard at half time. After the break Dilworth didn't let up even though Selwyn went on a little run to start the 2nd half. Elaijah Tuivaiti played impressive defence and ran all game while an injured Israel Grant gave some valuable minutes on the court. With such a lead Dilworth then controlled the tempo of the game well, pushing the pace of it when it was on or slowing it up when needed. It was a complete performance and one that now sees the team go to the Auckland U19 Championships.

The 1stXI Hockey team finished their season in the B grade on a high with a comprehensive win against Botany Downs 4-0. This has been an impressive year with the young team having moved up a grade from 2016 to place middle of the table in the competition. 

The 1st XV played their last competitive match on Saturday in a match that had more drama than the winter season of Shortland Street! The team hosted Kelston and from the outset the match promised to be a physical encounter. After a try to Isileli Manu was disallowed the score was still 0-0 at 25minutes until Kelston barrelled over the try line to be awarded a very controversial try that was clearly held up on Dilworth full back David Nanai's chest. Dilworth struck back at the end of the first half through Tyrone Mafi who scored a well worried try in the corner left hand corner. The score was 7-5 to Kelston at the break. After the break the physicality went up another notch and Kelston were first to score taking the lead to 14-5. Shortly after this Moli Faiva had a deft little kick in behind the Kelston backline and a strong chase from Sam Fonua saw the Kelston player lose the ball backwards and Lolo Liava'a scooped on the loose ball to run 60 metres to score a beautiful try only to be called back as the ref had deemed that Fonua had knocked the ball on. Still 14-5 down Dilworth stepped up the intensity and Nathaniel Mika Lemalu in his last game for the team was able to cross to bring the score to 14-12 with 3 minutes to go. Unfortunately for the team they could not steal the victory in what was a very gallant effort. Credit to Kelston for taking their opportunities and winning the last game of the season. The 1st XV have had another very good year and have left the school in the 1A competition for the 2018 season.

There were once again other good results for graded teams, in basketball the U17A team had a comprehensive win, in football the 15th grade had a 5-1 win, 2nd XI football drew 2-2, U15 and 4B rugby had wins with Badminton 4 also having a good 4-2 win.

Senior Campus Term 3 Week 2 Sports Wrap

This week proved to be a good week across a number of sports for a tick in the winning coloum.  Nearly all Badminton, Basketball, Football and Rugby teams had wins.  

The 1st XI Hockey team played well against Sancta Maria and overcame the referee discontinuing to ref the game after he had an altercation with the opposing team managament.  The boys settled back into their work and capitalised on good passing and dribbling to get three goals past the opposing teams keeper to win the game 3-1.

The U17A basketball team had a 2 point vicotry  to get the Basketball programme on a winning way this week.  This result was followed by the U17C , U19C and U19B all winning.  The U19A team were playing in the semi final of the Central East Open Competition against Kings College.  After a solid week of preperation the boys were eager to take to the court.  The first half was a close encounter with the team taking a slim 2 point lead at the half time break.  As the 2nd half commenced the team’s intensity lifted on defense and this created turnovers and opportuunities for Stanley Payne-Lupe and Ethan Te Moananui to shoot successfully.  Takudzwa Sopora and Jakob Fakalelu dominated to boards at both ends of the court to allow Dilworth more possession. Takudzwa finished the game in style with a dunk to secure the win for Dilworth 56-43.  This team will play in the final this Friday at Macleans College at 6:15pm before going onto compete at the Auckland Championships on Tuesday 15th August.

The 15th Grade football team had another convincing 3-0 win, this week against St Peters College.  The 1st XI traveled to Pinehurst and had a strong start to their fixture with Sam Michie, Beau Wing and Bradley Egglestone all scoring before half time to give Dilworth at 3-0 lead at the break.  The dominance was able to continue in the 2nd half and Zach McKenzie got onto the score sheet along with the previously mentioned also scoring one more goal each.  The final score was 7-0.

The rugby programme had its most successful weekend in terms of wins.  The 3rd XV had a tight win 22-21 over Auckland Grammar, 4B had a 27-10 win over Mt Albert Grammar, and the under 15 team beat 3rd on the table St Peters College 20-12 in a hard worked display of recycling the ball and running hard into space.  The 1st XV traveled to Sacred Heart College and were wanting to upset the 2nd on the table team.  Sacred put pressure on early at scrum and lineout time and capitilised on a penalty and a tighthead at scrum time to put themseleves 8-0 up.  Tevita Hala struck back with his educated left boot from 50m out to bring the score back to 8-3 before Sacred Heart charged a box kick and went throught o score a converted try.  Half time score was 15-3.  After the break the team again defended their line courageously and Glynne Evans lead a charge to get go forward with the ball.  Sacred Heart scored through there big men hammering the line from a pick and go and then again through having more numbers out wide.  At this stage Dilworth tried to shift up another gear and penalities were tapped and the ball given some air which resulted in a Sam Fonua try.  The final score 27-10 .  This coming Saturday is the final game of the 1st XV season against Kelston Boys High School at Dilworth at 2:30pm.  

Senior Campus Term 3 Week 1 Sports Wrap

This week belonged to the sport of Basketball.  The U19A team had an absolutely blistering performance in their quarter final against Howick College, wiping them from the court in a comprehensive 41-9 victory.  It seems the team has started to find form and unity towards the crunch part of their season and are in a good place as they go into their semi final this coming Friday against either Kings College or Edgewater College.  All other U19 Basketball teams, the U17B team and the U15 team all had strong preformances this week and notched up well deserved wins.

Table Tennis, Badminton, Hockey and 1st XI Football all had a week off from competition and their season reboots this coming week.   The 2nd XI football team continues on their winning ways with a 4-2 win against Sacred Heart and the U15 football team pushed Auckland Grammar close to narrowly be beaten 4-3.  The 1st XV had a defeat against Kings College and will look to bounce back this coming weekend against 2nd on the table Sacred Heart College.  

Old Boy Filipe Manu wins Australian Singing Competition

Message from Filipe Manu

Earlier last month I made it through to the finals of the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition. The finals were held last Saturday in Sydney and on Saturday night I was awarded the top prize, the Marianne Mathy Scholarship prize package. Along with this scholarship I was awarded a place in the IVAI Summer School in New York for 2018 and the Audience prize, which was of significant importance to me. These prizes will be an enormous help with the move to London and the IVAI Summer School in New York will be a great experience for sure!

It goes without saying that my success in this competition wouldn't have been attainable, had it not been for the support from my Dilworth family. Thank you for your continuous support and in helping to get me where I am today.

Here are a few media releases about the competition:


Senior Campus - Week 7 Sports Wrap

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


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

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


From the Head of Rural Campus Te Haerenga - A Journey of Challenge & Discovery

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


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

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


‘Spin Bikes for Poverty in the Sweat Box’

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!


Silicon Valley Trip

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.


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.


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 (, 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.

Silicon Valley Experience 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


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. 

School Aid supports Water for a Village

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

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

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

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.

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


Introducing Calvin Lee - Dilworth School Head Prefect for 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.

St Peter's Winter Exchange & Whitgift Visit

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

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

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 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: (it will direct you to the press release on the ARU website) The 1stXV TV social media channels are;




1st XV Win Promotion to Top Schools Grade

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.


20 October 2014 

Retirement of Board Chairman - Derek Firth



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Athletics Day 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


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

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

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

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

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 ( 

We look forward to hearing from you.

Appointment of a New Trustee

 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

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

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.

Showdown Awards

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

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

Sportsman of the Year - 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

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

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

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

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

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Dilworth at Parliament

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

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


Rural Campus Opening

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.....

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
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″)