Teen makes the grade

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

South Waikato’s Zak Eynon has se­cured a place at one of Auck­land’s in­de­pen­dent board­ing schools.

The Te Waotu School stu­dent has been se­lected to at­tend Dil­worth School, a full board­ing school for boys in Auck­land.

All the boys at­tend­ing are on full schol­ar­ships cov­er­ing all ed­u­ca­tion and board­ing costs, as the school is owned and op­er­ated by a char­i­ta­ble trust.

‘‘I found the ap­pli­ca­tion process nerve-rack­ing but mum was prob­a­bly more ner­vous than I was. When I first saw the fa­cil­i­ties at Dil­worth I was amazed. The hard­est part of the ap­pli­ca­tion process was leav­ing to come back home,’’ he said.

The year eight stu­dent said he re­ceived fi­nal no­ti­fi­ca­tion on Novem­ber 10.

‘‘ The fi­nal no­ti­fi­ca­tion was Satur­day, Novem­ber 10 but there were sev­eral parts to the se­lec­tion. This in­volved trav­el­ling to Auck­land to the Dil­worth cam­pus twice and spend­ing a day at the Year 9 ru­ral cam­pus at the base of the Hunua Ranges. He also had to write his own ap­pli­ca­tion let­ter.’’

He will spend five years at the board­ing school and starts in Fe­bru­ary next year.

Prin­ci­pal Bruce Dar­roch shared his pride for Zak’s se­lec­tion.

‘‘I feel many of his [Zak’s] per­sonal qual­i­ties will be en­hanced by the op­por­tu­ni­ties that are be­ing of­fered. The ru­ral cam­pus will suit is love of the out­doors,’’ he said.

Zak Eynon

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