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
- 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 2017
I feel privileged to have been appointed 2017 Head Girl at such an amazing girls’ school. With my second week under way, I am excited for the year ahead which will be both challenging and rewarding. I know that with Craighead’s friendly and encouraging environment, I can lead the girls to continue to support each other so we can all be the best version of ourselves.
Craighead offers many fantastic opportunities for every student. As I have an eager attitude, I found myself participating in many groups when I began at Craighead in Year 9. In particular, I was able to pursue my passion for sport. I continue to enjoy playing Netball and Touch Rugby competitively and Tennis socially. I also enjoy taking part in a variety of the many co-curricular activities that Craighead has to offer. I have been committed to and I am currently on the Chapel and Sports Committees and a member of the Kapa Haka group. This year I have also joined the Global Citizens and Amnesty groups.
I believe Craighead’s relationship with the Anglican Church makes it unique from other schools and this helped me decide to be confirmed last year. The strong values Craighead upholds have shaped my feelings towards how I feel about serving in and contributing to the community. I coach and umpire younger sports teams and I enjoy visiting rest homes and chatting to the elderly people there. I feel proud to be a Craighead girl and am honoured to represent the school as Head Girl for my final year, before continuing my education at university next year.
Deputy Head Girl 2017
I came to Craighead as a Year 7 student in 2011, feeling incredibly excited to be surrounded by not only new people, but new learning opportunities as well. I soon realised that Craighead has many academic, cultural, and sporting opportunities available for girls of all abilities, which gave me the confidence to participate in a range of activities.
Throughout my time at Craighead, I have been a committed member of the Student Council, Kapa haka and Film Club. I have entered Music Cup and have socially participated in Netball, Touch and Badminton. This year, I look forward to joining the Magazine and Global Citizen committees and becoming a Peer Support Leader.
I am also looking forward to supporting Annabelle, as I know she will be a fantastic leader of our school. I feel privileged to be a part of such a strong group of Year 13 students, who are good role models and ambassadors for our school. Through the support of each other, I know we can continue to uphold the traditions and values that make Craighead the special place that it is. The Craighead community is one I am proud to be a part of, and I feel extremely lucky to have been given the opportunity to be Deputy Head Girl this year.
Head Boarder 2017
Coming to Craighead as a nervous Year 7 student, I never imagined that, becoming a boarder, I would make so many friends and discover so many different opportunities. Throughout my boarding years, I have seen many changes including staying in the Timaru Girls’ High School hostel and Unwin Hall when Shand House was closed following the Christchurch earthquakes. This not only brought my year group closer, but meant that the caring family atmosphere in the Boarding House has strengthened. I feel privileged to have been appointed Head Boarder as Craighead has been my home away from home for six years and I have pride in knowing that, along with my Deputy Vicky Taggart, I can contribute to the Boarding atmosphere by bringing new ideas and opinions.
I grew up on a farm near Lake Tekapo with three brothers, so coming to an all-girls school was rather intimidating. However, it was also an exciting adventure and a way to involve myself in sporting and cultural activities such as Touch, Hockey, Orchestra, Debating, Badminton and Rugby. These opportunities have been made possible for me living in the Boarding House, with the supporting nature of the girls and staff who have encouraged me to give everything a go. The memories I have made during my time as a boarder will be cherished for the rest of my life. The Boarding experience has set me up for life and provided lifelong friends in an environment that I will be sad to leave. I am very much looking forward to the year ahead and know that it will go all too quickly.
Deputy Head Boarder 2017
I began Craighead in 2013 as a Year 9 student, never thinking that I would have the privilege to be Deputy Head Boarder for 2017. The boarding house has been what I have called my second home for the last four years. Being a boarder has allowed me to form close relationships with, not only my own year level, but also other year groups.
Living in the boarding house has given me more opportunities to involve myself in many aspects of Craighead life. I have participated in Rowing, Netball, Golf and Basketball. I am a current member of the Kapa Haka group and am involved in Teen Ag, the Sports committee and I am a Tech Angel. This year I have also joined Global Citizens and have become a Peer Support leader for 9IM. Not only have I participated in Netball and Rowing but I have also coached a junior Netball team and umpired over recent years, and this season I took up the opportunity to be an assistant Rowing coach because of my passion for the sport and my love of coaching.
During my time at Craighead, I have learnt to make the most of all opportunities given, and this has set me up for my future beyond school. This year I am honoured to have been given the chance to lead the boarding house, along-side Head Boarder, Isabella Guerin, who I am enjoying working with, as well as the rest of the Year 13 boarders as we make the most of our last school year.
As a school of special character, Craighead offers unique opportunities to learn and grow, not just academically, but also spiritually and personally. This is never more true than in our final year when students get the chance to gain leadership experience and to discover where our interests and passions lie.
As Sacristan, with my deputy Jess, I support the school’s special character and, with the chapel committee, our focus is the spiritual life of the school. I really appreciate the support we get from the Reverends Jill Maslin and Josh Taylor, who are fun to work with and I am learning a great deal from them.
I would encourage everyone to take the many opportunities to serve and get involved within the school, and also in the wider community. I have found that serving on various school committees develops capabilities such as teamwork and collaboration. I have found it especially satisfying to work with people from other schools as a youth ambassador for South Canterbury Hospice and very rewarding to volunteer each week at the Oceanview Heights breakfast club. As a volunteer at the South Canterbury Museum over the last couple of years I have been involved in exciting new ventures and exhibitions, while meeting some really interesting people, as well as developing my own personal skills. As a member of the parish of St John’s, Highfield, I have been part of the development and support team of the new Sunday School programme, Sprouts.
As well as being thoroughly rewarding and enjoyable, these opportunities help to prepare for life after school, whilst giving something back to our school and the community. I’ll treasure my five years at Craighead as well as the lasting friendships I have made and the privilege of being Sacristan for 2017.
Deputy Sacristan 2017
I came to Craighead as a shy Year 9 student having been through my fair share of schools across the globe, and immediately, I came to realise just how special this school was. Not only was I nurtured and given every opportunity to grow, but I was inspired by how the school incorporated the Church’s Christian values into everyday school life, allowing every girl to grow in spiritual and mental wellbeing, at the same time providing them with the care and help they need.
Through the school Chorale, Choir and various other committees and groups, along with the Anglican Leaders Youth Conference which I attended last year, I have learnt to give back to our school and have developed valuable leadership skills, and have built long-lasting friendships. I would encourage every Craighead girl to make the most of the opportunities that the school offers—they will build confidence and be enriched and empowered in the pursuit of personal excellence with the pastoral care and support of the Special Character of the school.
This year, as Emma Williams and I come to lead the school as Sacristans, we hope to continue the friendship that Craighead old girl Estelle Arundel has created with the school in Malawi where she volunteered last year. We aim to raise funds to sponsor their top achieving students allowing them to attend boarding school. By doing this, we not only hope to give back to this community in Malawi, but hope to give back to our own school community by bringing together our peers and hopefully inspiring them to also give in their own way.
I am delighted to be 2017’s Deputy Sacristan at Craighead, supporting and working alongside Emma, with the much appreciated aid of our wonderful Reverends Jill Maslin and Josh Taylor.
Performing Arts Leader 2017
I came to Craighead as a very small, and maybe slightly over-confident, 11 year old. Seven years later, though I feel strangely similar to when I arrived, I know I have noticeably changed. Not only have I become taller, but I have developed the desire to excel in everything I do. My brilliant teachers have taught me invaluable lessons; for example, that my own hard work and personal achievement matter much more than how I compare to others. This mind-set has helped me in all my pursuits, be they academic, cultural, sporting or personal.
Craighead has not only encouraged me to learn, but it has made me want to learn. It has given me the opportunity to try a range of different social sports such as Badminton, Tennis and Touch Rugby to complement my dancing and the chance to be a part of various school groups such as the Health and Chapel Committees, Global Citizens, and to work at completing my Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award. I have been fortunate to be a part of school productions, Junior Choir, Choir, Chorale, Orchestra, Stage Challenges, Music cups, and was privileged to gain a place in the New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir in 2015-16. This would not have been possible without Craighead’s support.
This year I am thrilled to be Performing Arts Leader and am looking forward to leading the Junior Choir alongside Julia Hogg and being a part of this year’s ‘CDS Onstage’ production. I hope to be able to enthuse younger students so that they take up the many opportunities that lie ahead, just as I was encouraged to do.
Deputy Performing Arts Leader
I came to Craighead in 2013, just a little Year 9 student in an oversized blazer, nervous but also very excited to see what opportunities lay ahead. Over the years, Craighead has been very supportive of all my pursuits and has helped me to strive to be my best self in all areas of my life. Performing Arts have always been a big part of my life and I have thoroughly enjoyed extending myself through an array of different groups and events at Craighead, such as the Chorale, Choir, Junior Choir, Stage Challenges, school productions, Music and Dance Cups. I have also been involved with both the SC Drama League and Ranger School of Dance where I am currently working towards my Advanced 2 Ballet examination.
Craighead has also given me opportunities to balance my cultural commitments—I have been fortunate to have been able to try out a range of different sports including Football, Futsal and Badminton and to get involved in various school groups such as the Health, Chapel, Global Citizens and Library committees. This year I became a Peer Support leader. I am working towards my Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award and through this I have had the opportunity to go on a Spirit of New Zealand voyage earlier this year. I have also just completed the three day Central South Island Charity Bike Ride as part of the Craighead Challenge.
This year I am thrilled to be Deputy Performing Arts Leader and am enjoying leading the Junior Choir and Performing Arts Committee alongside Emily Talbot as well as being a part of this years “CDS Onstage” production. I hope to encourage enthusiasm in younger students, just as I was encouraged by senior students. I am so grateful to be a part of such a welcoming and supportive community and I know that at Craighead we are very privileged to have incredible teachers who not only care about our academic success but also about helping us develop into well rounded adults who are able to take on life with confidence.
Cultural Leader 2017
When I first started Craighead as a Year 9 student in 2013, the Cultural Leader’s role did not exist. The recognition of the importance of Te Reo in our school life has been a vital part of Craighead’s growth in acknowledging our bicultural nation. Cultural opportunities at School help our students to be set up for future career paths. It is vital that we embrace Te Reo as it is such a unique part of New Zealand’s culture.
Whilst attending Craighead, I have had many opportunities come my way. I have been involved in Football, Badminton, Rowing, Touch, Sailing and Basketball. I am involved in the Chapel, Performing Arts, Health and Ball Committees, Global Citizens and the Kapa Haka group. I am currently working towards my Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award. This year I also went on the Spirit of Adventure’s leadership development course, which involved 10 days on a sailing ship with students I had never met before. My voyage taught me to make the most of whatever is offered and I encourage every student to make the most of the vast number of opportunities available at Craighead.
I have been a member of the Craighead Kapa Haka group since 2013—in its formative years it was a very small and intimate group. The group has now grown to a strong body of 60-70 committed students and has become a recognised group within the wider Craighead community. We are grateful for the leadership of Mr Karl Te Raki and Mrs Ottley who maintain the group’s enthusiasm. I feel honoured to have been appointed as Craighead’s Cultural Leader for 2017 and to be able work alongside Sam von Melville, Deputy Cultural Leader.
Sam von Melville
Deputy Cultural Leader 2017
As cultural acceptance and diversity is such a large part of all our lives and within our community, it makes sense that Craighead embodies it as one of the many values we strive to promote. Through committees, sports teams and other learning opportunities, acceptance is illustrated here at Craighead and it is an aspect of school life in which I enjoy participating.
Since starting at Craighead as a Year 9 student in 2013, I have been offered so many valuable opportunities, including a spelling bee, maths competitions, sporting competitions and committees such as Kapa Haka, Global Citizens, Language Ambassadors, Performing Arts and Amnesty. I have relished all the opportunities I have been offered and have been grateful for the knowledge and experience I have gained from participating in such a diverse range of projects and events. The supportive atmosphere of Craighead, and the sportsmanship and respect shown by every one of my peers and fellow students makes the school an exciting and encouraging place to learn.
I have always wanted to be a member of the Global Citizens committee, and I am fortunate enough this year to be a part of the committee, supported by a large group of talented girls. We recently collected pencil cases and items of clothing for donation to school children in Vanuatu, and look forward to supporting charities throughout the year.
I greatly appreciate being appointed as Craighead’s Deputy Cultural Leader for 2017 and thoroughly enjoy working alongside Cultural Leader, Emma McRobie.
Sports Captain 2017
I began Craighead as a shy Year 9 student, completely unaware that I would ever have the leadership skills to be named Sports Captain for 2017. Over the four years I have been here, I have built up the confidence and skills to required to fulfil this role. I feel extremely privileged to be given this position and I am enjoying stepping up to the challenges that it brings.
Throughout my years at Craighead, I have been fully involved in Athletics and Hockey, representing the school at national level for both sports. I have also been involved in numerous Aoraki and South Island events, representative teams and school exchanges. Balancing my school and sporting life has meant that I have learnt to be very organised and use my time efficiently. During my time at Craighead, I have discovered the many opportunities the school has to offer, whether it be academic or sporting, for which I am very grateful.
I am really enjoying my final year at Craighead. Throughout my years here I have learnt to put my everything into what I do. This year I have stepped up and become actively involved in the Mascot, Health and Sports Committees. I am also a Peer Support Leader and a member of the Student Council. I am enjoying working with Deputy Sports Captain, Sarah Templeton and the Sports Advisory Council. I am very excited to see where this year takes me and the new challenges it may bring!
Deputy Sports Captain 2017
I am passionate about sport and feel privileged to have been appointed as the 2017 Deputy Sports Captain. I started Craighead in 2011 as a nervous Year 7 student. I believed my time as a Year 13 student was years away, but six short years later I am proudly wearing the Year 13 blazer as a school leader.
During my time at Craighead, I have been offered a wide range of sporting opportunities and have represented the school in many different sports. In my younger years, I was a competitive swimmer while playing Touch, Netball and Basketball. I joined the Rowing squad in Year 9 and this quickly became my passion, representing the South Island and winning national titles—this year I have the honour of being Rowing captain. In my senior years I have played Senior A Basketball, Badminton, and represented South Canterbury and Canterbury in Netball, also coaching and umpiring Netball. I have competed at Aoraki Schools’ Cross-Country, Swimming and Athletics.
Craighead has taught me to take every opportunity available. I am involved with Kapa Haka, Choir, Global Citizens, SADD, Health Committee, School Council, Peer Support and Sports Committee all of which I enjoy being a part. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award scheme has allowed me to broaden my horizons and enjoy new experiences. Craighead is like a family which allows you to grow up in a supportive environment and I feel very fortunate to have a leadership role in 2017.
International Student Leader 2017
In 2015, I began at Craighead in Year 10 as a 14 year old student, having come all the way from Thailand by myself. In the beginning, I was very nervous and struggled with English as my second language and worried about fitting into Craighead. However, with the help of all the boarders, friends, matrons and staff, settling in was made easier for me. Mrs McLean and Mrs Faith helped me with my school life and I gained a lot more confidence with my English. Who would have thought that one day, I would become the International Leader! This is such a big step for me, helping International students who need assistance. I am a Librarian which allows me to work with other students. Sport-wise, I play Badminton, and although I often lose, it is such a great experience to do some sport with others.
As International Leader, I hope to help our foreign friends, both new and old, long term and short term, with settling into this new environment and making sure they know to make the most of their time here. It has been the best three years of my life and I hope for all of them, it will be an amazing time as well.
Deputy Int'l Student Leader
I started Craighead in 2015 and I would say that it is the best school I have come across. Everything about Craighead is just right for me, the environment, the students, and a variety of opportunities that the school gives me the chance to try. I have been a School Librarian, joined a Badminton team, and participated in some extracurricular art competitions.
As an International student, I came to Craighead to develop my English, but beyond my expectation, Craighead has given me more than communication skills. I am not a talkative person, on the other hand, I keep every single moment as a memory instead. I can see how Craighead students support the others, both physically and mentally. I can clearly see that Craighead is well known for its talented students. Craighead doesn’t need any script to show that it is good because the School already has it’s own colour.
I am thankful to be a School Leader this year. I have never had a role like this before so it is challenging for me. In my opinion, to be a good Deputy Leader I have to be confident, have good management skills, and be helpful to other girls, especially my International peers. I am still young, and I might not get everything right, but I feel quite confident that today, and for the rest of the year, I will be a helpful Deputy Leader
Te Rawhiti House Leader 2017
I started at Craighead in 2013 as a small Year 9 student, eager to begin a new adventure in the great wide world of high school. It is still crazy to think I am completing my fifth and final year here, almost ready to start a whole new adventure. Craighead has always presented a great number of challenges for me, but also an equal amount of amazing opportunities. This year I am captaining the school Football team (who are having an absolutely fantastic season). I have been a part of Stage Challenge for the fourth year running, and I am having an amazing time with the gorgeous Brittany Honeywell leading our House, Te Rawhiti.
It’s always crazy to think how differently things turn out from the way you’d expect them to. For example, I don’t think I ever imagined myself as a House leader but having been given the opportunity, I’ve been having an awesome time getting to know all of our Te Rawhiti girls. Although our House is not in the lead yet, all the other Houses better watch out as we’re about to make our move to push out in front to take the House Cup at the end of the year.
I am looking forward to moving out to the great wide world next year, but for the moment I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings— LET’S GO TE RAWHITI!
Deputy Te Rawhiti House Leader
I began my time at Craighead in 2013 as a Year 9 student, in the school’s very welcoming Boarding House. Fortunately, I always had my older sister Courtney to go to if I had any problems, not that I ever really did. My time at Craighead has served me well, not only in my education, but also with my sport and life skills. I have learnt that as long as you are a hard worker and have a great attitude and welcoming personality, you can pursue any activity.
The life skills that I have learnt at Craighead have seen me take on one of the most amazing roles in the school—being Deputy Head of House for Te Rawhiti, alongside our fabulous Leader, Alexis Townsend. Alexis and I are very thankful for all the support we have had, not only from our peers, but also from staff and parents.
This year has been a roller coaster so far and I have done some really exciting things such as going on the Spirit of New Zealand for ten days and to Vanuatu for our Year 13 Geography trip! I think being a part of the Craighead School community has opened up various doors and opportunities for me. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Craighead but cannot wait to see what awaits me in the big wide world. Next year, I am hoping to study Early Childhood at the University of Otago and, thanks to the school, I’ve had the opportunity to help out at the Craighead Kindergarten and gain more of a feel for the career I hope to pursue.