Dilworth legacy honoured

July 20, 2018

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.