Craighead Old Girls’ Association

2018 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:               Marion Rolleston 027 612 6688
Vice Chairperson:    
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

Meghan Templeton

Head Girl 2019

My Story

Craighead is an amazing school full of character, success, support, opportunity and most importantly fun. Therefore, to be given the role of Head Girl, is a huge privilege and a great honour. I am looking forward to the year ahead and I am excited to work alongside staff, students and especially all of the amazing girls in our Year 13 year group, of which I am lucky enough to be a part. I hope to bring to this role a positive and friendly attitude, a helping hand, and a determination to meet any challenge I am faced with, and to lead the school with integrity, passion and an open mind.
One thing that makes me feel so lucky to be a part of this school is the opportunities I have been offered during my time at Craighead. I have taken part in competitive Netball and Rowing and played social Basketball, Volleyball, Touch and Hockey. I have also had the opportunity to give back to Netball by coaching teams and umpiring. I am a member of the String Group and have been part of the School Orchestra, as well as a member of the Sports, Health and various other committees. This year I am excited to be taking on the task of running the Student Volunteer Army alongside Renae Cocking. This is a group I am particularly passionate about, having been a part of it for the past couple of years—I have seen the difference it makes, not only to the organisations you volunteer for, but also to you. It is an extremely rewarding group to be involved in and I feel it is also a prime example of our school’s Special Character.
Craighead’s strong values and the incredible support you receive at the school are something that has really impacted on me as I have grown up. I have built so many good friendships over my years at Craighead and it saddens me to know that at the end of this year, many of us will end up in different places around New Zealand and further afield. Craighead has taught me to be strong, determined, kind, caring, friendly and most importantly, to always be myself. I am hugely honoured to be Head Girl of such an amazing school which has done so much for me over the years—I look forward to doing my best to fulfil the role.

Renae Cocking

Deputy Head Girl 2019

My Story

Just like that, it is already 2019 and my final year. As a new student it is normal to feel anxious about the unknown. As an eager Year 9 Renae, I saw this as an opportunity, set some goals and to grow as a young woman. Now as a Year 13 student, I can reflect on my journey and feel proud and satisfied, especially with my selection as Deputy Head Girl for 2019.
I am incredibly honoured to take up this leadership role and am already thoroughly enjoying working alongside Meghan Templeton, Head Girl. We have a real energy and enthusiasm to share our ideas with the school, with great support from Ms Graham and our amazing Year 13 group. This year, with our theme of Hauora, the Māori concept of well being, we will focus on one of the four concepts each term; Physical, Mental, Social and Spiritual.
I am a very keen sportswoman—during my four years at Craighead I have participated in numerous sports, both competitively and socially. My chosen sports are Football, playing for the First XI team since Year 9, and Touch, playing for the Senior A team since Year 10. I have also played representative Football for South Canterbury for six years and have been a member of the very successful West End Women’s Football team for two years. I have coached several CDS sports teams and joined various clubs, groups and committees—such as the Student Council, Sports Committee, Student Volunteer Army and Choir. I thoroughly enjoy these extra curricular activities as it allows me to mix across all Year groups.
It certainly looks like 2019 will be a full and rewarding year. I am excited to maximise my role and give back to my school before I transition to becoming a Craighead Old Girl in 2020.

Isabelle McLeay

Head Boarder 2019

My Story

I am excited to be leading the Craighead Boarding House for 2019. I live on a dairy farm at Oxford and I am the youngest in my family. I have lived most of my life in the South Canterbury region attending Pleasant Point Primary, Hinds School and Geraldine High School.
I started Craighead in Year 9 as a fulltime boarder, perhaps a little reluctantly at first, but I can honestly say that I have not looked back.
I cannot believe I am now a Year 13 student.
Having the honour of being Head Boarder, alongside Meg Schmack, I’m sure we will be a unique and fun team. There is nothing quite like “the first day of term” at the Boarding House. The laughter, chatter and excited banter, the craziness of it all, the shrieks, the hugs, the tears, the new roomies—it is something you have to experience to fully appreciate. I know our new boarders may still be feeling apprehensive, and this may all be overwhelming. It will get better and you will have so much fun.
The Craighead Boarding House, for me, has been about creating lifelong friendships across a wide range of Year levels. I have been supported and encouraged by our boarding house supervisors and school teachers to be the very best version of me. It saddens me to think that I won’t be returning to this environment next year.
It is very special to be part of a school and boarding community that has so much spirit, character and pride, which I aim to encourage throughout 2019 and I hope to inspire and influence others to be kind, caring, brave and courageous. Celebrate the successes, however small. Fully embrace the many opportunities of boarding life, school life and the wider community. I have been so very fortunate to have had this opportunity. So to the younger students, have FUN, get involved and have no regrets!

Meg Schmack

Deputy Head Boarder 2019

My Story

I am excited and privileged to be appointed Deputy Head Boarder for 2019. Coming into the boarding house in 2015 as a nervous Year 9 student, I never imagined that I would have so many new and exciting opportunities and be making so many lifelong friends, not only in my own year group but in many others. I am excited to be working with Head Boarder, Isabelle McLeay this year to make the boarding house a fun and exciting environment that the girls are excited to come back to every term.
Living in the boarding house has meant that I have been able to involve myself in many sports such as Netball, Basketball, Touch and Volleyball—I am also a Peer Support leader for a Year 11 form class and I am involved in various other committees. Being in the boarding house with such supportive girls and staff has meant that I have been able to participate in all of these activities to the best of my ability.
I grew up on a farm in Mayfield, attending Mayfield Primary School, and I have to say that moving to Timaru to board at Craighead has been one my favourite experiences to date. Living here for the past four years has set me up for the future. I know that the memories I have made with my year group will stay with me for life, and I will be very sad to be leaving at the end of this year, as I know that it will go much too fast. I urge all of the new students to make the most of their time at Craighead, as these will be some of the best years of their lives.

Jessica Townshend

Sacristan 2019

My Story

In 2013, I began my journey at Craighead as a Year 7 student and was in awe of the senior students, as I had what seemed like an eternity until I would be in their position. The experiences I have gained during my years at Craighead have been incredibly valuable—it is amazing to think how much I have achieved since I first arrived here. I have played for the Craighead Football team as well as participating each year in Stage Challenge, Chapel Committee, Choir and the School Orchestra. I also enjoy Dance out of school time which is something that I will always love doing. Last year, I had the opportunity to volunteer with the St John’s Church Sunday School programme, along with Macey Dobson and Holly Lyttle. This was an enlightening experience and I would encourage the girls of Craighead to help serve the community in any way possible. It is amazing to know you have made a positive impact in someone’s life.
Also in 2018, I was invited to attend SYNOD at St Margaret’s College in Christchurch, with last year’s Sacristans, Holly Lyttle and Catriona McGregor, an opportunity for which I am very grateful—I am looking forward to attending this year’s SYNOD. I am excited to continue working with Reverend Lucy, my Deputy Emma Peckitt, and other members of the Chapel Committee as we help continue to grow and share the Special Character of our school. I will always treasure the memories made in my seven years at Craighead and I am privileged to be approaching the end of my journey here as the Sacristan for 2019.

Emma Peckitt

Deputy Sacristan 2019

My Story

I still remember arriving at Craighead in 2013 and being in complete awe of the school which provides so many opportunities that my little Year 7 brain could struggled to handle. At first, I joined every group I could, including Junior Choir and several sports teams. I have always been proud to call myself a Craighead girl and loved representing Craighead at sports exchanges and local events. Craighead has taught me to push myself beyond my comfort zone. In Year 9, I become a Boarder—this was one of the best decisions that I have made. Being surrounded by similar strong-minded girls made me feel at home, and over the years we have become very close. I have formed many great memories with these friends which I will treasure forever.
Every year, I try to challenge myself to participate in new experiences. One of the main things that interested me about Craighead was the Special Character of the school and when I was appointed to the role of Deputy Sacristan, I was excited to be serving my community—a very humbling experience. Everyday I am seeing new aspects of Chapel life and loving every minute of it. This year, Craighead has the honour of hosting the Anglican Schools’ Conference, and I am excited to meet new people who can educate me further, and to make new friends.
Never did I think that pushing myself out of my comfort zone would be so rewarding, and I am looking forward to what the rest of the year will bring. I am incredibly thankful to Reverend Lucy for letting me explore a part of Craighead in which I have always been interested. I would also like to thank Jessica Townshend, Head Sacristan and one of my first friends at Craighead, for taking me under her wing and supporting me in my role. I am really enjoying working alongside her.

Prudence Scott

Performing Arts Leader 2019

My Story

As the end of Term One approaches, (with the thought that a quarter of the school year has already gone) it is odd to think that the end of my time at Craighead is also approaching. Since I arrived in Year 7, the Craighead way of life is one that I have become comfortably accustomed to and will be difficult to break away from as I enter the big wide world next year. For this reason, I have made it my sole focus for 2019 to make the most of my final year at Craighead and do the best I can in all aspects of the school.
As a student who has been passionately involved in the school Choir, Chorale, Stage Challenge and various Drama productions, I am humbled to be appointed to the role of Performing Arts Leader for this year. I am looking forward to working with my Deputy Siana Jenkins-Huguet, the Head of Drama Mrs Towle, our new Musical Director Miss Liu (arriving in Term Two) and the entire Performing Arts committee. There are several exciting Performing Arts events coming up that Siana and I are very much
looking forward to organizing, such as Craighead’s annual CDX-Factor, Lipsync and Music Cups.
Next year, I plan to attend University in either Christchurch or Dunedin with the intention of studying a Law degree. Although I do not plan to study Performing Arts subjects at a tertiary level, I most definitely intend to pursue my love for singing and acting as a hobby alongside my studies. STOP  PRESS: At the regional Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival held at Craighead today, Prudence Scott was awarded the Direct Credit to the National Festival, making her a candidate to win a trip to the Globe
Theatre in England.

Siana Jenkins-Huguet

Deputy Performing Arts Leader

My Story

It is a privilege to be given the role of Deputy Head of Performing Arts at Craighead and it has been my goal since starting here in 2012. I am extremely grateful and excited to be working this year alongside Head of Performing Arts Prue Scott and Head of Drama Mrs Towle. Our goal is to give girls the opportunity to show their talents in Music and Drama and to have the chance to follow their passion, but overall having fun in an exciting environment.
Craighead has given me opportunities to follow my passion for acting by performing in plays directed by Mrs Towle. My first play was “Lord Of The Flies” in which I played the role of Simon, followed by 1001 Stories and just last week, the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare regional competition. My goal is to find my dream job in the Drama industry and I know that trying to become an actress is not easy, but I am certain I will learn so many things throughout my journey.
I will be sad to leave Craighead and my year group as we share so many crazy, fun memories. I encourage girls to make the most of their Craighead years, develop their passions and to learn who they are as a person and to never be in a rush to grow up. Enjoy it while you can!
I would also like to congratulate Prue Scott for her success in last week’s Shakepeare Festival competition and offer my best wishes for the Wellington workshop and the chance to be selected for a trip to London.

Olivia Mackenzie

Cultural Leader 2019

My Story

I have been a boarder here at Craighead since Year 9. During my time here I have been involved with the Choir, Kapa haka and Stage Challenge and I have also played Netball, Touch, Volleyball, Tennis and Rugby. Having grown up on a farm in Mayfield, the move to Timaru and Craighead was a big change for me, however it has taught me resilience and determination. At school, I have always tried to make the most of every opportunity, so when I was appointed to the role of Cultural Leader for 2019, Ella Yeatman (Deputy Cultural Leader) and I decided to change it up a little. We are planning to create more opportunities to embrace other cultures, not just our own—I think that Craighead has a wide range of cultural diversity which we would like to share with the wider school community. Our thoughts and prayers are very much with New Zealand’s Muslim community this week.
Last year I was elected to the position of Student Representative for 2018/2019 on the Board of Trustees. As part of my campaign, I stressed that I would endeavour to make sure that all our students’ needs are met—now after several months in this role, I am seeing how things work and I am happy to be representing my fellow students.
I am enjoying this busy year and making the most of the roles I have been given—I believe these opportunities will give me the chance to further my leadership skills, and plenty of experience under my belt. Next year, I am planning to go to Lincoln University and study for a Bachelor of Agricultural Commerce.

Ella Yeatman

Deputy Cultural Leader 2019

My Story

Starting Craighead as a Year 9 boarder in 2015, I never thought I would see the day where I would be walking around school in a Year 13 blazer. The last four years spent at Craighead have been a privilege and it is an honour to be appointed to the role of Deputy Cultural Leader for 2019. Throughout my time here, I have always made the most of every opportunity available at school, from being a part of our beloved Chorale to competing in the local Football competition in the First XI team. These opportunities Craighead has given me have created lifelong friendships across all year levels and memories I will never forget. The Boarding House has become a home away from home for me, with supervisors there for us whenever needed and 23 sisters ready to laugh and dance with.
This year, Cultural Leader, Olivia Mackenzie and I have plans to revamp the role and give back to the school before we depart on our future endeavours. We are very excited to announce our ideas in the near future to the girls and hope our plans will enhance cultural appreciation throughout our school community. Next year I plan to carry my interests in History, Economics and English into tertiary study at Otago University. In the meantime I am enjoying making the most of what Year 13 has to offer and making my last year at Craighead one to remember.

Phoebe Trolove

Sports Captain 2019

My Story

We are over a quarter of the way through this year and already the school has shown immense support and enthusiasm towards our sports. Our Athletics sports were a huge success this year with every girl participating in at least two track events. The amount of committment shown was admirable. Swimming sports earlier this year might have been cold, but it did not stop everyone from doing their best. Participation is key at these events and as a small school, we pride ourselves in leading a balanced, fit lifestyle. I have been a Craighead girl since Year 9, full of optimism and began by putting my name down for every sport possible. Now this passion for sport has led me to Rowing, and it has been an honour to have finished my fourth and final season for Craighead Rowing. I am also heavily involved in Basketball and previously Netball, Tennis and Athletics. My focus for this year, alongside my deputy, Sarah Dunbar, has been to introduce an active lifestyle to students’ daily lives. Sport is not for everyone, but going out with your friends on a field, court or turf is something we all enjoy. Simply participating helps to balance out your overall wellbeing. In the future, I hope to attend University and study a career close to Medicine or Neuroscience, while maintaining a routine around sport.

Sarah Dunbar

Deputy Sports Captain 2019

My Story

Coming into my seventh year at Craighead, I have learnt so many things. The first thing that comes to mind is that in playing sport you become physically and mentally healthy. I have been playing sport all my life, both individual and team sports. Having tried many sports in my early years, I have found a sport that I love—Hockey. I have been playing for the past five years and in the last two years I have had the privilege and pleasure of captaining the 1st IX.
Starting Craighead as a Year 7, I had little confidence, however as my skills and strengths have developed on the sports field, I have grown in confidence and gained more self respect. Attending regular games and practices teaches the importance of being able to focus and time-manage, of fair play and respect for the opposition, being gracious winners and also losers. Perseverance, effort, enjoyment and goal setting are skills that can be transferred from the sports field to the classroom and wider world. Here at Craighead, we have over thirty sports to choose from. As Head and Deputy Sports’ Captains, Phoebe Trolove and I encourage all the girls at school to try new sports and participate in sporting activities. We are enjoying seeing what the girls can achieve this year through sport.

Bam Na Ranong

International Student Leader 2019

My Story

 Starting at Craighead in 2013 as a small Year 7 student was a big step that I had to make. Coming from a small school in a small town called Hat Yai, Thailand, a high school of more than 300 students sounded pretty intimidating. I was 11 years old with almost no knowledge of English. Now in 2019, I have made it to Year 13 and have been given the role of International Leader, which is a real privilege. I am excited to be working alongside my deputy Chihiro Kokado, the International Director Mrs McLean, with Mrs Rosewall, and Mrs Hepburn.
This is my seventh year in this beautiful Aotearoa; the amazing things I have had the chance to experience remind me how wonderful it is to be here. Craighead has given me so many opportunities to explore, and most importantly, I have been helped and cared for while figuring out who I am. Throughout my time at Craighead, I have been involved in the amazing cultural side of the school such as Chorale, Choir, Junior Choir, Stage Challenge, Performing Arts productions, and Art competitions, in which I have won the supreme award three years in a row in different categories.
So far this year has been busy yet very enjoyable, and I am intending to make the most of it until I go into the wider world. Next year, I am planning to attend a university in Thailand to study architecture, and also to re-connect and be closer with my loved ones. It will be hard to say goodbye to this school and everyone I have had the privilege to meet.


Chihiro Kokado

Deputy Int'l Student Leader

My Story

When I first arrived at Craighead in May 2017, I felt totally overwhelmed coming to a new country, a new school and a different culture—the transition was difficult. After living here for a couple of months, understanding the language started to become easier with the help of all my friends and teachers. Now that I am in my last year, I can look back on my years at Craighead and feel privileged to have had the opportunities the school has given me in all aspects of my life. I especially like the feeling of connection between students and teachers that Craighead has.
I have been privileged to be offered the role of Deputy International Leader for 2019. I am enjoying working alongside International Leader Bam Na Ranong, supported by the International Director Mrs McLean, Mrs Rosewall and Mrs Hepburn. One of my roles is to help new International students adapt to life in New Zealand and at Craighead so that they feel at home as quickly as possible.
Being a boarder has allowed me to develop organisational skills and co-operation with other boarders. It has also helped me to make close friends, some of whom I know will last a lifetime.
In my last year at Craighead, I hope to find joy in every opportunity I am given. Next year I plan to return to Japan to go on to tertiary education there. I know I will miss Craighead and my friends and teachers, but I will always treasure the memories of my time here.

Madison Lane

Te Rawhiti House Leader 2019

My Story

It has been a privilege to be given the role of Te Rawhiti House leader for 2019. I am excited to be working alongside my deputy Alex Innes. Since starting my role at the beginning of the year, we have led our house to victory in Swimming Sports and have collected numerous House points. By competing in a wide range of activities such as House Chants, Athletics, Cross Country and many more, we hope to lead our House to victory in the upcoming House Choirs competition this term.
Since I started at Craighead in 2013, I have been fortunate to be given the opportunity to be a boarder which has allowed me to form lifelong friendships and become more independent. Seeing the School develop over my years here, with the addition of a new boarding wing and gymnasium, has created a bright future for the new girls who are yet to begin their adventure here. I believe that House activities are a great opportunity to get involved in new, fun ways, whilst competing against your friends in other House groups. The introduction of the new House whanau groups this year, has enabled students to interact with girls from other year groups which has helped to form a bond with one another.
Whilst being at Craighead, I have participated in a wide range of sports such as Netball, Basketball, Senior A Volleyball and the First XV Rugby team. I have also enjoyed success in Trapshooting and it has been an amazing opportunity to represent Craighead at South Island and National Secondary School Clay Target championships four years in a row. I look forward to travelling to Hamilton to compete in my last New Zealand Secondary School Championships in Hamilton in September.

Alexandra Innes

Deputy Te Rawhiti House Leader

My Story

In my seventh year at Craighead, I feel very privileged to be given the role of Deputy House Leader of Te Rawhiti for 2019. I am excited to be working alongside House Leader Madison Lane. Since starting this role at the beginning of the year, we have guided our House in numerous activities such as House Chants, Athletics Sports, Cross Country and many more. We enjoyed leading the girls to victory at Swimming Sports and collecting many house points in other activities.
Since starting Craighead in 2013 as a Year 7 student, I have been fortunate to be a part of my second family in the Boarding House. This living arrangement has allowed me to form life long friends, develop independence and live on site as a boarder. Coming to Craighead helped me grow and develop as a person after growing up in the high country and attending a correspondence school alongside seven other students for six years, coming to school in town was a big change. I am very grateful for the ongoing support and guidance that Craighead has provided me over the years, to help me develop into the person I am today.
Whilst being at Craighead, I have been involved in a wide range of activities and sports such as Hockey, Rowing, Basketball, Athletics, the Student Volunteer Army, Choir and Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. All of these opportunities have been amazing to be involved in, particularly as I have come from an isolated area where such activities are not available.

Tayla Cvitanich

Te Raki House Leader 2019

My Story

My journey at Craighead began six years ago, when a shy yet ambitious Tayla stepped foot on the school grounds for the first time. Moving from a small rural primary school in Year 8 was one of the best, yet biggest transitions I have made in my life. In primary school, my Year 7 class consisted of 25 boys and just 5 girls. I was held back by the silent limitations of being a female, and I therefore lacked the confidence to step out of my comfort zone and reach my full potential.

I was instantly welcomed into the warm and encouraging atmosphere of Craighead, and it wasn’t long before I began to flourish in the remarkable community it provides. I slowly began to take risks, get involved, and try new things without the fear of failure. I tried many sports including Rowing, Basketball, Volleyball, Touch, Hockey and Tennis. I joined the Choir, and started learning guitar, eventually gaining enough confidence to sing solos at the annual Music Cups and the Voices Of Craighead performances. Through the support of my teachers who were engaging, encouraging and personally invested in my progress and achievements, I stretched my academic performance and truly stepped into my potential.

What changed? I believe that what I gained at Craighead was strong and independent female role models, who helped me develop the confidence in myself as a young woman stepping out into the world.  I began to see the life-changing potential every girl had inside them, and witnessed ordinary girls achieve incredible things. I have looked up to the student leaders each year and this year, stepping into a senior leadership role myself, I feel the same obligation to show younger students just what they can achieve when they set their minds on something. Being appointed House Leader of Te Raki for 2019 has been the biggest privilege, and so far the most rewarding role I have undertaken at Craighead. It has given me the chance to give back into the community that has supported me so closely in my journey through high school. Alongside my Deputy Nikita Clemens, I hope to support and inspire the younger students to take every opportunity that comes their way and never settle for anything less than their personal best.

Nikita Clemens

Deputy Te Raki House Leader

My Story

This year I was fortunate to be selected as Deputy Te Raki House Leader for 2019. I feel very privileged to have received this role and I am excited to be working alongside Tayla Cvitanich, Te Raki House Leader. Te Raki has been quite successful this year and I am looking forward to seeing how we finish the year.
I grew up on a farm at Mayfield where I have lived for most of my life. I attended Mayfield Primary and Geraldine High School before becoming a boarder at Craighead in Year 9. During my time here, I have made the most of all the opportunities Craighead offers. I have been involved in many different sports including Netball, Basketball, Volleyball, Touch, Rugby and Rowing. Rowing has taught me many valuable skills such as determination, motivation and time management. It is a very rewarding sport
and, for me, it was the perfect example of “the more you put in, the more you get out of it in the long run”.

Taylor Allan

Te Hau-a-uru House Leader 2019

My Story

I am honored to be appointed to the role of Te Hau a uru House Leader for 2019. I am embracing this role with enthusiasm alongside my deputy Amy Taggart. Amy and I have worked well together  throughout the year, encouraging lots of participation amongst all year groups in Athletics, Swimming, Cross Country and House Choir. Coming into Craighead as a Year 9 boarder, I was nervous and excited for the year ahead. I made sure to make the most of the opportunities that Craighead has to offer. Over the last four and a half years I have been involved in a range of sports and extra-curricular activities, including Rugby, Basketball, Touch, Rowing, Netball, Kapa Haka and the student volunteer army. I have enjoyed this busy year very much so far, and I am grateful for the experiences I have had since Year 9 with the memories and lifelong friendships that have been formed.

Amy Taggart

Deputy Te Hau-a-uru Leader

My Story

This year, I have had the privilege of being the Deputy House Leader of Te Hau-a-uru, working alongside Taylor Allan as House Leader. Our House has been successful in many whole school events winning both Athletics and Cross country. Taylor and I are very excited to see how far our House
will excel for the rest of this year.
I have grown up in the South Canterbury region in the small town of Pleasant Point living on a farm, attending Pleasant Point Primary School then moving onto Craighead as a boarder in Year 9. Over my
five years at Craighead I have been involved in a range of sports including Rowing, Rugby, Netball, Basketball, Touch and Cricket as well as extra-curricular activities such as Young Farmers and Peer
Involving myself in all these activities and being in the Boarding House has taught me many valuable lessons for life. I have also had many memorable moments and made lifelong friends.

Amy Xie

Tonga House Leader

My Story

 I started Craighead in 2015 as a Year 9 student and it has led me on an unexpected journey to where I am today. I am honoured to be Tonga’s House Leader for 2019 as it has been a great way to connect with younger students. Tonga has done exceptionally well this year, breaking many records at both Swimming and Athletics Sports. Seeing the girls doing their best gives me motivation to try my hardest and lead our House to success.
During my time at Craighead, I have been involved in a wide range of activities such as the Choir, the Debating Club, Language Ambassadors committee and Global Citizens. Craighead has allowed me to follow my passion for music through joining the School Orchestra, participating in the annual Music Cup and even giving me the opportunity to be a pianist for the school. I am very grateful for the opportunities that our school provides as there is always something new for everyone to try. Next year, I plan to pursue my love for sciences by studying at the University of Otago. Until then, my goal is to make the most out of my last year at school and enjoy the memories that I make with my Year group.




Jaye Shaw

Deputy Tonga House Leader

My Story

 When I started at Craighead in Year 9 as a daygirl, I began to understand the amazing values this school has and throughout the five years of attending I have become an independent and confident person. Craighead has enabled me to involve myself in various different sports and I have participated competitively and socially in Netball, Touch, Basketball and many more, and also coached and umpired. As I am now in my final year at Craighead, I am fortunate to have been appointed to the role of Deputy House Leader for Tonga – this has been an amazing opportunity and such a rewarding experience with my counterpart Amy Xie. Through our leadership roles, we have been able to support the younger students engaging in activities such as House Chant, House Choir and Sports days and see them grow in the School community. As a leader for 2019 my goals are to make sure that I can be a role model to younger students and support them in their new school environment as I was supported when I first came to Craighead.


Isellah Gordon

Head Librarian

My Story