Craighead Communications:

To Students and Parents


Update as of 24 March

Further to the Government’s announcement on Monday that we will move from Threat Level 3, to Threat Level 4 (Eradicate and Eliminate), the school remains open to students of those working in the “essential services” and for school staff until Wednesday afternoon.

The next month looks like this:

March 23 – 27:                  Tuesday and Wednesday

                                                – school open for staff and students of essential services

                                             Thursday and Friday

                                                – school closed.

                                                – All off-site except for International students, Gap students, and rostered Boarding and Kitchen/Cleaning staff.

March 30 – 14 April:          School Holidays incorporating Easter (Good Friday 10 April to Tuesday 14 April)

April 15 – 24                        Wednesday 15 April to Friday 24 April – School ‘open for instruction’ via Remote Teaching and Learning

April 25 – 27                       ANZAC Weekend, Monday-ised (Monday 27 ANZAC Day)

April 28 – 1 May                To be advised!

What is happening now:

  • Staff are now busy completing Interim reports, and refining Remote Learning strategies.

  • Subject teachers will already have been in touch with their students about expectations around ensuring learning continues where practicable.


In terms of communications:

  • We will use our Craighead Website Homepage as our one-stop shop for all communications, in addition to school email and KAMAR.
  • To keep mentally fit and healthy during this time of isolation, Reverend Lucy invites us to share: Morning prayers on Facebook as St John’s Anglican Timaru and Night Prayers on Instagram as revlucy2.0 – Please check out this link : St John’s Anglican Timaru
  • To keep physically fit and healthy during this time of isolation, our Sports Department are posting ideas on the Craighead Sports Portal on how to maintain health and wellbeing during these challenging times. Check out more ideas on Instagramcraighead_wellbeing 
  • A Craighead SkoolLoop App is almost ready to be populated for additional communication methods. Instructions for this were e-mailed out this morning to families. Or you can find information on how at this link: Skool Loop information
  • The Ministry of Education have launched Learning from home and Ki te Ao Mārama websites to support teachers, learners and parents and whānau – links below:

Learning from home:

We are endeavouring to provide Remote Learning opportunities to ensure the continuation of learning from home. Here are some key points:

  • Today and tomorrow, your daughter’s teachers are working on their remote learning plans. For many of you, your daughter(s) will already have been advised by her teachers as to how they can continue their learning remotely. Most teachers are using the Google Suite to remain in touch with their classes, this includes Google Classroom, Gmail, Google Hangouts and Google Meet. However, there will be variations to platforms being used amongst the Departments as teachers use those that best meet the needs of their courses and students.


  • Remote Learning – Parent Information follow this link to find information designed to give you an indication of what our staff are using and some ideas for how to undertake remote learning. There is no expectation that the girls are to sit in front of their devices for a normal school day, this is unrealistic. We are expecting that our students will all work differently – there will be some who spread their work throughout the day, some who do all their English or Maths in one day, some who do half days on one subject – this is all acceptable. However, we wish to reiterate that your daughter will need breaks from remote learning activities and could look at activities such as reading a book, painting, playing a musical instrument, cooking dinner, walking the dog etc. will all be important for her mental health and wellbeing.


  • All teachers will continue to work on remote learning programmes in order to ensure your daughter remains able to achieve to her potential. Please be assured that your daughter will not be penalised in any way with the closure of school, we are working hard to ensure that any changes are implemented seamlessly and that assessments are not impacted. Everyone is affected in the same way. NCEA is not at risk yet, although assessments may be moved around.


It is informative and fun, with lots of great ideas!


Please reduce your number of contacts as we go into the 4-week closedown period but be aware that some of us may need help from others. As part of your self-isolation group, please identify a small tight support group of people. It is natural to be worried and to be experiencing symptoms of stress in these unprecedented times. Please look out for each other!


Kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui

Be safe, be brave, be steadfast

Posted by Craighead Diocesan School, Timaru NZ on Wednesday, 29 November 2017

We are a State-Integrated Anglican Year 7-13 Boarding and Day school for girls, situated in Timaru, South Canterbury.

Welcome to our website! We are very excited to share our vision with you. Although no website can give a complete picture, we hope that it will convey a sense of the spirit of this wonderful school. Craighead is committed to the pursuit of excellence in all fields of endeavour (spiritual, academic, physical and cultural), with emphasis on the development of each girl within a caring, Christian family atmosphere so that each is well-educated, well-adjusted, responsible, confident and capable of contributing to society. It is who we are and what we do that makes us different from other schools in South Canterbury. As a school of Special Character, we focus on the needs and potential of each girl. Craighead is a unique place, with a distinctively warm and friendly family atmosphere which you will notice immediately when you visit our lovely campus. It is such a privilege to lead Craighead.  Do please come and have a look for yourself – you will be most welcome. I look forward to meeting you soon.