Former Dilworth Principal receives a 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours Award

Former Dilworth Principal, Donald MacLean has today received a community service award as part of the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours and was awarded a Member of the NZ Order of Merit.

Donald who retired from his role as Principal at Dilworth in 2018, had served the school for over 20 years and spent over 40 years in the teaching profession.

On behalf of the Dilworth community, Trust Board Chairman, Aaron Snodgrass congratulates Donald and is pleased he has been recognised for his incredible achievements both at the school, and his support for Old Boys, Independent schools and beyond.

“During Donald’s tenure at Dilworth, Donald constantly encouraged the boys to be 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 under Donald’s leadership were significant,” says Snodgrass.


Donald MacLean being farewelled at the annual Dilworth School Carols event at Holy Trinity Cathedral in 2018.

Born and educated in Scotland, Donald moved to New Zealand to live and work, initially at Gisborne Boys High School in 1979 and then from 1980 onwards in Auckland. He held positions in English teaching at Northcote College, and at Epsom Girls Grammar was Head of the English Department. In 1994 he was appointed Deputy Principal at Mt Roskill Grammar, before taking up the role as Principal at Dilworth School.

When he joined Dilworth in 1997, the school operated on two campuses in Remuera and Epsom. A highlight of Donald’s tenure at Dilworth was the opening of the Rural Campus at Mangatawhiri in 2012. Donald was the initial inspiration behind the concept of this unique outdoor education centre, which offers boys an extraordinary opportunity they couldn’t get elsewhere in New Zealand.

The Dilworth Trust Board would like to congratulate Donald MacLean for this significant achievement and his outstanding commitment, dedication and service to Dilworth School.

June 1, 2020