Craighead Old Girls’ Association
Patron Patsy Mckenzie
President Juliet Shallard
Secretary Pip Harrison
Treasurer Caroline Goslin
Committee Amelia Dale, Rebecca Dobbs, Ann Johnston, Phillipa Guerin, Sara Rowley, Vicky Steven, Liz Munro.
Craighead Old Girls’ Association (COGs) is run by a voluntary committee representing over 4000 Old Girls.
COGs enables past pupils to stay in touch with class mates and connection with our School. COGs have compiled a database of past pupils which allows us to provide information upon request to Old Girls wanting addresses for class reunions, contacts for Old Girls in their area or contacts for Old Girls overseas. The association has active branches in different parts of New Zealand and Old Girl contacts around the world, offering:
- Information on events happening i.e. year group reunions, School events, productions etc.
- fellowship within the Craighead family past and present
- the opportunity to renew and continue friendships from your school days
- continuing contact with Craighead Diocesan School and news of the school
- links with the branches throughout New Zealand
- avenues to continue supporting Craighead now and in the future
- an our annual newsletter
With the technology we have available to us today the focus of the Old Girls’ Association is about staying connected. We work on rekindling those friendships made during school days, helping Old Girls to stay in contact, keeping the Craighead family spirit alive.
Our COGs out in the world:
Former Craighead student nails audition for X-Factor Australia with brother
Finley and Isla Brentwood, better known as the Brentwood Duo, may go on to worldwide fame, judging by this performance.
A former Craighead student and her younger brother received a standing ovation for their audition on television talent show X-Factor Australia over the ditch on Monday.
Siblings Isla and Finley Brentwood thrilled the judges, playing an acoustic version of Major Lazer’s hit Powerful. The brother- sister combo are better known as Brentwood Duo and were one of the best 300 out of 6000 entrants to make it through to the TV audition, and beyond.
“Appearing on the X -Factor was like no performance I’ve ever done. It was incredibly nerve-wracking and exciting to sing in front of three huge stars (Iggy Azalia, Guy Sebastian and Adam Lambert) that I admire so much,” Isla said. “I was definitely surprised by their reaction! We didn’t think that they would hate it but it was incredible to hear such positive feedback from them.”
Isla Brentwood attributes her time at Craighead as starting her career as a performer. “I had grown up singing but at Craighead I learned how to perform.” Craighead Diocesan School head of department music Vicki McLeod remembered Brentwood as “innately talented”. “She always had a beautiful warm, mature voice.” Brentwood was in the school Chorale in 2004 and 2005 and in a band called Paradox. “She had (stage) presence,” McLeod said.
Brentwood still thought about conversations she had with her teacher. “[McLeod] honed my skills and cultivated my love of harmony and blend. She put me on the path to where I am now and I will never be able to thank her enough,” she said.McLeod saw the Australian audition footage and thought the siblings’ voices were beautifully matched.
After leaving school Brentwood went on to study at the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art Nasda and was one of six old girls who performed in the Leading Ladies production for the Craighead centenary in 2011.
Originally from Queenstown, the musical duo now live in Melbourne. “Fin and I are really excited about the journey ahead and we are so proud to have the support of Timaru and New Zealand behind us. We can’t wait for Bootcamp,” Brentwood said.
Natalie Rooney – Silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics for Trapshooting – Well done Natalie!!!
Old Girl’s Success in London
Congratulations to Holly Zandbergen who won the 2015 Best Young Artist of the Year award at the National Open Exhibition at the Royal College of London. Holly attended Craighead from 2005-2009.
Parents’ & Friends’ Association
Parents and Friends are involved in a variety of social and fundraising activities which aim to support the special character and values of Craighead, whilst promoting open communication between the school and parents/caregivers.
- Meet other parents in a relaxed, informal setting
- Find out what is happening around the school
- Ask questions
- Share ideas
- Become involved in the future of your daughter’s education
We offer practical and financial support:
We offer practical and financial support as required and have been involved in the following events & fundraisers:
- Grandparents Afternoon Tea
- Open Day and Inauguration Day
- Motivational Speakers
- Amy Scott
- Katrina Darry
- Hosting of International Students from Hong Kong
- School Ball
- Variety Show
- Hat and Hair
Parents and Friends have helped and supported:
Parents and Friends have helped and supported the school community over the last few years with:
- Hexagonal picnic tables with umbrellas
- Bean bags for common areas
- 4 House Banners
- $10,000 towards furnishing the new year 13 common room
- $10,000 towards the new school van
- $9,500 towards concreting the pool area
- Mats for promotional tent and school entrance-way
- New Gymnasium fitness equipment
Chairperson: Marion Rolleston 027 612 6688
Treasurer: Carolyn Lyttle 021 377 389
Secretary: Tracy McLeod 027 6090 656
Representatives from Parents and Friends on the Board of Proprietors:
Teresa Templeton, Wendy Taggart
Are advertised in the school newsletter calendar. All welcome to come along. Meetings include regular reports from:
- Ms Lindy Graham, Principal
- Board of Proprietors
- Board of Trustees
Our Student Leaders
Head Girl 2019
Deputy Head Girl 2019
Head Boarder 2019
Deputy Head Boarder 2019
Deputy Sacristan 2019
Performing Arts Leader 2019
Deputy Performing Arts Leader
Cultural Leader 2019
Deputy Cultural Leader 2019
Sports Captain 2019
Deputy Sports Captain 2019
International Student Leader 2019
Deputy Int'l Student Leader
Te Rawhiti House Leader 2019
Deputy Te Rawhiti House Leader