Supporting Christchurch

March 18, 2019


It is difficult to find the words to express the sorrow and grief we feel about the devastating events that occurred in Christchurch on Friday. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected at this terrible time.

At a time like this, strength can be found through our faith in God, in each other and in uniting as a community to stand together with those suffering.

This week Dilworth is showing our solidarity with the people of Christchurch and the New Zealand Islamic community in a number of ways.

We are joining in an Anglican Schools’ initiative to create an unbroken chain of paper dolls to represent harmony between cultures, which will be sent to the Islamic community in Christchurch. Dilworth students will be invited to write a prayer, thought or words of encouragement on a paper doll to join the chain.

We will also be observing a minute of silence, to reflect and remember, on Friday, 22 March, along with other Anglican Schools. This will be during class time, but we encourage our wider community to also observe this at 1:40pm from wherever you are.

During our regular Sunday evening Chapel services yesterday, we held special Services of Lament at all three campuses to gather, pray and reflect.

This week the Chapel at the Senior Campus will be open for parents, caregivers and whānau every lunchtime between 12.30pm and 1.30pm and again each evening between 8.00pm and 9.00pm for prayer and reflection.

Services will not be held at these times but someone will be available to provide assistance for those that need it. We invite our parents and caregivers to light a candle in the Chapel or make a donation, which will be sent to Christchurch Resettlement Services to assist affected families. 

Additional support and counselling is being provided to our students and staff. If you need any support, please reach out to our Chaplain or counsellor.

He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata. (What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people).

Neil Ritchie

Acting Principal

Dilworth School