Our Community

Craighead Old Girls’ Association

2015 Committee

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.
 – Stuff

Natalie Rooney, Olympic Silver Medal

Natalie Rooney – Silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics for Trapshooting – Well done Natalie!!!


Dyke E

Dyke E goin to Rio March 2016

Knubley F article OG Mag 2016
Bell K article OG Mag 2016
Hutchinson N article OG mag 2016
Genevieve Steven article June 2016
Rooney N article OG mag 2016

Zandbergen H Sept 2015

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.
Opportunity to:
  • 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
  • Microwaves
  • $9,500 towards concreting the pool area
  • Mats for promotional tent and school entrance-way
  • New Gymnasium fitness equipment

Chairperson:              Teresa Templeton 021 863 665
Vice Chairperson:    Pippa Goodwin 027 426 0992
Treasurer:                   Carolyn Lyttle 021 377 389
Secretary:                   Lynne Porter 021 2074 650
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

Annabelle Gualter

Head Girl 2017

My Story

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.

Laura Zonnevylle

Deputy Head Girl 2017

My Story

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.



Isabella Guerin

Head Boarder 2017

My Story

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

My Story



Head Girl 2017

My Story



Deputy Sacristan

My Story

Cultural Leader

My Story



Deputy Cultural Leader

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Performing Arts Leader

My Story



Deputy Performing Arts Leader

My Story

International Student Leader

My Story




Deputy Int'l Student Leader

My Story



Sports Captain

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Deputy Sports Captain

My Story

Te Raki House Leader

My Story

Te Raki Deputy House Leader

My Story

Te Hau-a-uru House Leader

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Te Hau-a-uru Dep. House Leader

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Tonga House Leader

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Tonga Deputy House Leader

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