Boarding at the Junior Campus

The Junior Campus is a true community, with our unique all-boarder set-up. House routines ensure a safe, secure and supportive foundation for students.

We foster a sense of community among students and house staff, and aim to meet the boys’ physical, social and academic needs in a ‘home-away-from-home’ environment. Their engagement and enjoyment is paramount, and their learning from living as a boarder is just as valuable as classroom education. 

We want you to be part of your boy’s boarding experience and encourage regular communication, from phone calls and emails to attending school events. Boys from Auckland can also keep links with local sporting or cultural clubs; we may grant leave once a week for outside practices (subject to fulfilling Dilworth obligations).

About the Houses

There are four boarding houses on the Junior Campus, that cater for up to 48 boys each. A number of staff live on-site to support the boarding houses and care for students outside of school hours.

The boys live on-site during the week and at home on weekends. We generally expect you to collect your boy for the weekend about 3.15pm on Friday and return him to Dilworth about 6pm to 6.30pm for Chapel on Sunday.

House dormitories are modern and comfortable, and the boys sleep in bunkrooms of six. Students share healthy meals with teaching staff in the communal dining room and have shared spaces to study, play music or sports, or just hang out. 

Sports gear and clean uniforms are supplied.

The boys also have access to the school facilities, including all-weather tennis courts, a 25m swimming pool and playing fields. The campus has a health centre, where a nurse looks after boys’ health, and a doctor makes regular visits.


Conolly House is one of the three Junior Campus houses for Year 6 and 7 boarders. It was named after John Conolly, who was Headmaster of Dilworth School from 1951 to 1965.

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Cotter House is home to Year 7 and 8 students and is named after the late Donald (Bill) Cotter, a Dilworth Old Boy and a former Chairman of the Dilworth Trust Board. Mr Cotter was the driving force behind creating the Junior Campus. 

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Noel Gibson, Headmaster of Dilworth School from 1914 to 1946, lends his name to Gibson House, a Junior Campus boarding house for Year 7 and 8 students.

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The house is named after the Rev Archdeacon George MacMurray, who played a vital role in establishing the Dilworth Trust and School.

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