Senior Leadership Team
Ms Lindy Graham
Mr Wayne Pahl
Ms Lara Hearn
Mrs Vanessa Mulvihill
Year 12 & 13 Dean
Mrs Holly Scott
Year 11 Dean
Mrs Tamzin Reeve
Year 9 & 10 Dean
Mrs Sonia Ottley
Year 7 & 8 Dean
Mrs Julie McLean
Director of International Students
Mrs Jo Grace
Mrs Vicky Campbell
Mrs Christine Sparrow
Reverend Lucy Flatt
Mrs Alicia Mabey
Director of Sport
Mrs Gillian Owens
Personal Assistant to the Principal/Enrolment Officer
Heads of Department
Art Mrs Gala Kirke
Drama Mrs Gillian Towle
Economics & Accounting Mrs Sue Reeves
English Mrs Ella Wright
Geography Mrs Jude McKenzie
Languages Mrs Bettina Pierce
Mathematics Miss Kelly Dawe
Music Ms Celia Liu
Physical Education & Health Mr Allan Faith
Science Mr Alastair Townshend
Social Studies Ms Jude Walker
Our Board of Trustees
The Craighead Diocesan School Board of Trustees is made up of various people; we have Parent Representatives, a Co-opted member, representatives from our Board of Proprietors, and a student and a teaching staff representative.
As an Integrated school, the Board of Trustee’s main responsibility lies with governance of curriculum delivery.
The day-to-day management responsibility lies with our highly capable Principal and Senior Leadership Team.
As Board Members, we represent all parents and it is vital that we have the opportunity to express your views. To do so, we need to know what they are.
Please feel free to contact any one of us at any time.
Mr Antony Ford – BOT Chair
Mr Antony Ford
Chair, Co-opted Representative
Mrs Karla Yeatman
Elected Parent Rep.
Mr Quentin Cavanagh
Elected Parent Rep.
Mrs Caroline Ovenstone
Board of Proprietors’ Representative
Together with my husband we farm in Mid Canterbury, and our two children are both boarding in Timaru – Ella, Year 11 at Craighead and Hamish, Year 9 at Timaru Boys High.
For a number of years I have been involved with Boards of Trustees and have really enjoyed my roles. My focus has always been on the ‘all-round’ achievement of children and that they are well supported and resourced to enjoy school life, ultimately enabling them to achieve to their full potential. In this fast paced world we live in, I think it’s important that children have a wide range of skills and attributes to prepare them for their next stage after secondary school whether that be the workforce, travel or further study.
Originally from a health background I worked in the field of occupational health and rehabilitation. Over time our farming business and a young family became the priority and I was able to develop an interest in education. My skills also allowed me to pursue contracted roles with Statistics NZ, New Zealand School Trustees Association and to become a trustee on a Charitable Trust Board.
I have a solid understanding and appreciation of Governance and the responsibilities of a trustee and would look forward to further utilising my experience, communication skills and open minded approach.
I look forward to this opportunity to serve on the Craighead Diocesan School Board of Trustees.
My name is Quentin Cavanagh; I am married to Suzanne Cavanagh. We have two children, Eric (15) who attends Timaru Boys High in year 10, and our daughter Ashleigh (13) who will be attending Craighead Diocesan School in 2018 as a Year 9 daygirl.
Originally from Invercargill we have worked our way up to Timaru, where we have now lived for the last 10 years. We love living here in fantastic South Canterbury.
I work at Fonterra Clandeboye as a Food Safety and Quality Specialist, and have been in the dairy industry for 21 years. During this time I have been fortunate enough to work in a variety of roles from Edendale to Clandeboye that have all been challenging and rewarding, and have allowed me to develop a variety of skills that are important in contributing to good governance within a School.
I have had the privilege of serving as a parent representative on the Waimataitai School Board of Trustees for the last nine years, in a variety of roles: of Deputy Chair, holding portfolios including Finance, Health and Safety, and Auditing. All of these are strengths that I can contribute to Craighead Diocesan School as Parent representative. Being part of an effective team on a school Board is very rewarding experience. Some highlights that I am proud to have been a part of include the implementation of Bring your own device (BYOD), a Boiler upgrade, hugely successful ERO reports, and many classroom upgrades over the last few years to ensure the children have a safe and secure and modern learning environment. I am keen to see that all children have every opportunity to succeed in a safe and supporting environment, and with the business skills that myself and the team bring to the table we will continue our commitment to ensure the that we all “Strive for Excellence”.
In my spare time and weekends, I enjoy spending time as a family, flower and vegetable gardening, reading books, and walking with our two dogs, both of which are energetic and playful Spaniels.
I look forward to the opportunity to contribute my experience to Craighead Diocesan School.
Mrs Rene Crawford
Elected Parent Trustee
John and I have two daughters at Craighead Diocesan School, Kate (YearlO) and Lucy in Year 9 and another daughter due to commence next year, in 2019.
I have six years’ experience as a School Board of Trustee Representative, three of which I was the Chair of the Cannington School Board. In my time on the Board I become very familiar with the Ministries direction on education and the role that Board of Trustees should play.
If I were to be elected onto the Board of Trustees I would use the knowledge that I have gained previously to work with the other Board members to further develop your children’s education, support staff and enhance the strong links and involvement between school families, the community and the school. I feel that it is essential to have good communication between the Board, staff and school families to ensure that we are all working together to provide quality education for all our children.
I am a qualified Physiotherapist and currently working as the Associate Director of Allied Health, Scientific and Technical at South Canterbury District Health Board. Recently I worked for the University Of Otago School Of Physiotherapy for 10 years as a Clinical Educator for 4111 Year Physiotherapy students. My teaching involvement at the University has given me current insight into Tertiary Education and the expectation for our children in the future. It has also giving a good understanding of the principles behind curriculum development and student assessment.
Seven years ago I was elected by the South Canterbury community onto the South Canterbury District Health Board as a Board member. I am currently part way through my third term. As a SCDHB Board member we are involved in setting policy, approving strategy and monitoring progress towards meeting objectives for Health in the South Canterbury region. This role is a governance role similar to that of a School Board.
Our children are very actively involved in sport. Over the last ten years I have coached netball and served six years on the Tennis South Canterbury Board.
With my previous Board and committee experience, knowledge of education and health I feel I have some skills to offer as a Board of Trustee of Craighead Diocesan School. I look forward to working with you and your family in the future.
Mrs Michelle Kelly
Elected Trustee Representative
I live in Timaru & work in our own Property Management business Timaru Rentals. My husband, Ned and I have two daughters; Kate & Lisa both at Craighead. I enjoy meeting new people, car racing, watching the girls’ sports & reading.
I feel privileged to have been on the BOT for the past 2 ½ Years & really enjoy it, I am passionate about student achievement & learning and believe that all students have the right to learn. I am also interested in the building & property part of the BOT, I am on the Works committee & the Uniform Committee. I have been on the Waimataitai BOT previous to Craighead & served 5 years on that Board.
Mr Paul Dominikovich
Elected Trustee Representative
With three young daughters attending Craighead Diocesan School I am passionate about girls’ education. My family chose Craighead because we believed it offered our girls every opportunity to achieve success in whatever they set their hearts and minds to. After 18 months I can already say that thanks to the dedicated staff, teachers and coaches, Craighead has delivered.
I have been involved in education professionally for over 20 years having taught as a Mathematics teacher at New Plymouth Boys’ High School before moving to Timaru in 2017 to be closer to family. After a year as Head of Mathematics at Opihi College, I was appointed Head of Mathematics at Timaru Boys’ High School where I currently teach and lead a team.
I like to make a positive contribution where I am which means that I get involved in the wider life of the schools I work in and the community at large. At NPBHS I was in charge of student leadership and heavily involved in sport. I was recognised by the NZSS Sports Council for Services to school sport in 2017. Since moving to South Canterbury I have served on the Craighead Sports Advisory Council, coached Volleyball at Craighead, conceived of and helped organise the Caroline Bay Relays and am currently serving as Chairperson of the Local Organising Committee that is bringing NZSS Cross Country to Timaru in June.
Most importantly, I have the skills, knowledge and experience to contribute to the governing of Craighead to ensure that all the girls have equal opportunity to achieve to their highest potential. Education is always in a state of change, and the recent announcements around NCEA are significant. The challenges ahead include but are not limited to maintaining high standards and opportunities for academic excellence at Craighead whilst catering to the individual needs of all the girls, being able to offer an increasing array of subject choices across all curriculum areas, making wise decisions about ICT and student devices, and continuing to provide a multitude of extra-curricular opportunities for both the elite and the participant in sport and culture.
I believe I could be a valuable resource in working with the school to navigate the changes and challenges ahead as your Board of Trustees Parent Representative at Craighead Diocesan School.
Mrs Nicky Hyslop
Miss Katy Whelan
BOT Staff Representative
Ms Lindy Graham
Mr Wayne Pahl
Miss Olivia Mackenzie
Student Trustee Representative
My name is Olivia Mackenzie and I am a year 12 boarder here at Craighead. For as long as I remember, I have been a big advocate on standing up for your beliefs and sharing your opinion on issues and events that will affect you. I believe that a Craighead girl’s school life should be influenced by their beliefs. I think that it is important for the students to be represented on the board because at the end of the day, every board decision made will affect the student’s daily life and can make their school life more enjoyable.
I believe that I will be a good Student representative on the Board of Trustees. I am not timid and afraid to make students opinions and voices heard. I have lots of experience talking to adults as I work as at a shop that requires me to be friendly and talkative. I consider myself a ‘people’ person and have no difficulty making conversation. At the meetings, I would have no problem following up ideas to make sure that they actually happen, are not just planned. Previously, I was the school leader at Mayfield primary, so I have experience in getting together student ideas, and putting it forward to a board. I also think I would be good at this job as I like to think I am approachable and that younger students feel comfortable coming to me to share their opinion or ideas for the school.
Lastly, I want to be the student representative on the board of trustees because I have a huge interest and passion for the school and want to see it achieve as best it can. I also have interests in planning and organising and will enjoy representing the student’s opinions for the board. I think I would be good at this because I feel quite confident to speak my mind. I think that this would be a great opportunity for me to hone my ‘people’ and organisational skills and am looking forward to this position.
Sincerely, Olivia Mackenzie