COVID-19 Updates

Families impacted by COVID-19 are now eligible for Dilworth scholarships.

We’re living through a time like no other, and we know that this year will be extremely challenging for many New Zealand families.

For that reason, applications for Dilworth Scholarships are now open to families impacted by COVID-19. If your family is experiencing financial hardship due to the current crisis, your son may be eligible for a free Dilworth boarding school education in 2021 and beyond.

Click here to check eligibility criteria and/or apply for a Dilworth Scholarship for your son.

Update Tuesday 12 May

Following the announcement from the government that as of midnight Wednesday, New Zealand will be moving to alert Level 2, schools (including boarding facilities) will be able to return to full occupation as long as Ministry of Health regulations are observed.

After carefully considering the health regulations outlined, Dilworth School is confident that we can return all students to school and boarding life safely. From Monday 18th May, Dilworth School will commence on site learning for all students. On the Sunday evening (17th May), students will return to their respective campus boarding houses.

The safety of all staff and students is important to us. We will be taking a conservative approach around social distancing and will be expecting and requiring all staff and students to comply with the clear instructions and directions they will be given.

Additional measures include:

  • Ensuring that all students and staff regularly wash and dry their hands 
  • All students and staff must cough and sneeze into their elbows and avoid touching their face
  • Hand sanitiser will be at the entry to all classrooms and shared spaces
  • Extensive and regular cleaning at both the school and the boarding houses to ensure high contact areas are attended to
  • Contact tracing registers will be in place

The Ministry of Health have made it clear that PPE is not required or recommended as necessary in any educational facility. Students will return in their normal full school uniform and not need face masks or gloves.

It is absolutely crucial that if your son/child is sick that he remains at home. It is essential that you adhere to this requirement. This is part of our collective responsibility to the entire Dilworth community.

Later today, the Head of Campus where your son resides will communicate with you outlining more of the details around students returning to school and the expectations of you and your son.

We look forward to welcoming the students back to school.

Any queries can be directed to the Dilworth Headmaster, Dan Reddiex.

Update Tuesday 21 April

Following the announcement from the Government yesterday that the country will be moving to Alert Level 3 from Tuesday 28 April, there will be few changes to our current mode of teaching. 

At Alert Level 3:

  • All Year 11-13 students must continue their online learning from home.
  • All Year 5-10 students can continue their online learning from home. Only students who will be unable to have any adult supervision during the day at Level 3, should attend school. Wednesday 29 April is the date the school will be open for these students.
  • Boarding school will not resume at any year level at this point.
  • A vast majority of staff will be teaching from home.

Attendance at school (for those who need to attend):

  • If the student needs to attend school then you must inform the school by Thursday 23 April by 3pm. If the student is in Year 5-8 please email e.wong@dilworth.school.nz or call (09) 520 3130. If the student is in Year 9 or 10 please email j.hayes@dilworth.school.nz or call (09) 523 1060.
  • Year 5 to 8 students will be supervised at the Junior Campus – 27 Omahu Road, Remuera.
  • Year 9 & 10 students will be supervised at the Senior Campus – 2 Erin Street, Epsom (the Rural Campus remains closed).
  • All students must wear correct summer school uniform.
  • Parents cannot pick and choose what days the boy attends school. They must attend every weekday from Wednesday 29 April.
  • If a student is not able to attend, the school must be informed before 9am on the morning of his absence.
  • If your family circumstances change and the student is able to work from home you must inform the school immediately.

Health and Safety

  • Before any student can commence at school you must complete a pre-screening survey with him that will be sent out on Friday 24 April. This will need to be filled in and returned electronically by Tuesday 28 April or your son will not be allowed on campus. This is essential for the wellbeing of all staff and students. You will be contacted if we have any concerns about your responses to the survey.
  • All students must remain home if they are unwell.
  • Students will be sent home if they come to school sick. Parents and nominated caregivers must be available and contactable.
  • Ensure your family bubble remains small and that good hygiene practices are followed.
  • Contact tracing registers will be set up.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available at the entry to every classroom and in the bathrooms.
  • Prior to opening the school will be thoroughly cleaned and high use areas of the school will be cleaned twice daily including door handles and handrails.

Transport

  • Year 5-8 students must be dropped off and picked up each day by their parent/caregiver or a person approved by their parent/caregiver. No students in this age group are allowed to take public transport.
  • Year 9 & 10 students should ideally be dropped off and picked up but we understand that some students may be required to use public transport. If public transport costs are an issue, please contact the school office.
  • School will commence at 9am and finish at 3pm. Provisions can be made for students to stay at school till 4:30pm but please let the school know ASAP if this is the case. Social distancing must be observed during drop off and pick up.

School operations

  • Learning at school will involve staff supervising the online learning of students. The learning will mirror those of their peers studying via distance learning.
  • Students will need to provide their own morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Food cannot be shared amongst students.
  • Students will be placed into a bubble of no more than 10 students.
  • Students will be allocated a specific room and a specific seat. There will be no mixing between groups. The same room, seat and group will apply each day.
  • There will be a 1m distance observed in classrooms and during breaks between all students and staff. Outside, a 2m distance will be observed.
  • Break times will be staggered to reduce the chance of students mixing bubbles.

Update: Friday 17 April

We would like to remind all Dilworth parents, caregivers and students that Term 2 commences on Monday 20 April. We hope that all our students managed to take a well-deserved break and connect with those in their bubble over the past two weeks. It is essential that all students recommence their studies on Monday and make full use of the digital and distance learning opportunities ahead. 

The government yesterday announced what school might look like under Alert Level 3. Given Dilworth’s unique boarding school model, we are in need of more information from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education before we can make an informed decision about when our students can return to boarding school. 

We are currently forming a plan around onsite learning for students in Years 5-10 whose parents or caregivers may be returning to work if we move to Alert Level 3. We will communicate further detail on this once this has been confirmed.

Please continue to check both your email communications from Dilworth and the COVID-19 section on the Dilworth website over the next few days to stay informed.

 

Update: Tuesday 24 March

Due to the Prime Minister raising New Zealand’s alert level Monday 23 March to level three and moving to level four within 48 hours, we have been required to close all three Dilworth School campuses for a minimum of four weeks at this moment in time.

Both parents/caregivers and students were informed of this recommendation following the announcement and the boys were sent home later in the day.

We have known this to be a likely scenario and have been working with staff and students over the last few weeks to ensure that we are ready to transition to distance and digital learning. Last weekend, each boy was sent home with a school device to test these platforms of learning and the feedback has been positive. We are confident that we will be able to adapt and continue to provide our students with a world-class education over the coming weeks until we are advised it is safe for our students to return.

Whilst we understand this is a difficult time, we also know our school community is incredibly resilient and will be able to embrace this change and provide our students with the strength and support that they need during this time.

If you would like more information about COVID-19, please visit: covid19.govt.nz

For any questions or concerns about distance learning, please contact the school.

 

Dilworth Trust Board

The Dilworth Trust Board office at 2 Erin Street is currently closed. However, it is business as usual and you will be able to contact the Dilworth Trust Board staff via email or phone. Contact details can be found here.

Please note, that our main landline number (09 523 3179) will be monitored however please also send an email if you require a more prompt response.