School loses loved staff member

by Mike Isle

A Rolleston school is mourning the passing of one of its long-serving and much-loved staff members. Delwyn Costello, a teacher’s aide at Waitaha School for more than 10 years, passed away peacefully at her Christchurch home on Saturday.

Waitaha’s principal, Margaret Dodds, described Ms Costello as a woman of many strengths who brought an immediate openness and friendliness with her when she joined the school.

“She loved her sports and was an enthusiastic participant and supporter of the students at all sports events. She had a huge circle of contacts and seemed to know all there was to know about hockey, cricket, tennis, soccer and was a wealth of information for students and staff alike,” Mrs Dodds said.

An accomplished cricketer herself, Delwyn Costello was a Canterbury women’s cricket representative, and a New Zealand representative for one test and seven One Day Internationals in the 1980s.

Mrs Dodds said Delwyn Costello’s other great passions were music and knowledge of trivia.

“She often organised quiz nights and was also an avid performer at staff functions. For several years, she led a group of ‘scrubbers’ who sang and danced for us at staff Christmas functions — at that stage, Delwyn and two other staff were undertaking cleaning duties — hence the name they affectionately gave themselves.

“She was always an individual who danced to her own tune. She wore her own dress code with pride regardless of the occasion, and this reflected her unpretentiousness.

“She will be missed greatly, but we rejoice in the fact that she enriched all our lives,” said Mrs Dodds, speaking for the board of trustees, staff and students of Waitaha School.

Speaking for New Zealand Cricket, spokesperson Richard Boock said Delwyn Costello’s passing was met with great sadness.

The funeral service for Delwyn will be held in the Westpark Chapel, 467 Wairakei Road, Burnside, on Thursday, August 9 2018 at 2pm, private cremation thereafter.