Double celebration of Founders’ Day and opening of Junior Campus Sports Centre

March 8, 2019


 

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Founders’ Day is traditionally the day that the Dilworth community acknowledges the gift of our founders James and Isabella Dilworth, but this year’s assembly also celebrated the opening of the new Junior Campus Sports Centre.

The Sports Centre was officially opened during today’s assembly by Her Excellency, The Rt Hon. Dame Patsy Reddy GNZM QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand.

Chairman of the Dilworth Trust Board Aaron Snodgrass says: “The Sports Centre is a remarkable building and it is fantastic that we were able to officially open it on Founders’ Day.

“I know from speaking with the boys over the last few weeks that they have been waiting for this day so they can put the centre to good use.”

Two special anniversaries were also acknowledged during the assembly. This year is the 125th anniversary of the Dilworth Trust Board and in September, the Dilworth Old Boys’ Association will celebrate its centenary.

Acting Principal Neil Ritchie says it is an honour to have the Governor-General of New Zealand here to share Founders’ Day commemorations with the school community.

“We’re all very grateful to her for taking the time to come here and humbled by the genuine interest she has shown in our school,” says Mr Ritchie.

Sixteen months in the making, the new Sports Centre is a two-storey building of more than 1,600 sqm, including an 840 sqm sports floor.

“The Sports Centre will be a game changer for our students. As a boarding school, it is great to be able to offer this new space for our students to enjoy a huge range of activities, both during and after the school day,” says Head of Junior Campus Peter Vos.

The Sports Centre has one full-size and two half-size basketball courts, and badminton, volleyball and futsal (indoor soccer) courts. There is a fully-equipped exercise room, a classroom, a function room and kitchen, and a facility for Food Technology teaching.

The distinctive design of the building features bright fins on the façade, with the colours reflecting Dilworth’s school house colours of blue, green, yellow and red.