Tēnā koutou katoa e te whānau o Craighead –

This past week has proven to be a good opportunity to get out and about! It is a very busy time of year. Congratulations to 8SO who organised and ran the first Year 7 and 8 Assembly last Friday. Their theme was the A-Z of what everyone should know about Craighead – very entertaining and informative! It was lovely to see our students gaining awards for attitude, effort, good manners and kindness, as well as their work ethic. Our Year 7 and 8 students are off to a great start to 2020.

The first of our Parent Information evenings was held this week. We thank all those parents of students in Year 7 and 8 for joining us for the evening, which concluded with a delicious meal put on by our Kitchen staff. Thanks to Mrs Ottley and her staff team for their organisation. We also thank the Parents’ and Friends’ members who assisted as our waitresses on the night. The next Parent evening will be for the parents of our Year 9 students. This will be held on Wednesday 4 March.

We are very much enjoying our visitors from Kobe International School, Japan, who are with us for almost three weeks. We are grateful to the school families who are hosting them. The group are enjoying a varied and engaging programme of activities organised by our International Department. Their English is very impressive – they can even sing Pokarekare Ana in perfect harmony!

Staffing Changes
Mrs Amanda Winter (Chemistry and Science)(photo top right) has accepted a teaching position at the ARA Polytechnic Timaru Campus, teaching the Pre-Health course. We are very appreciative of her commitment and expertise as a part-time teacher in our Science Department for the past seven years. We wish her all the best with this exciting opportunity, which allows her time for part-time study. Mrs Winter’s classes will be covered internally from the beginning of Term Two.

Our Public Health Nurse, Ms Nicole Kennedy is moving on to other opportunities, working both with Alt Ed and continuing with her studies. She has been a wonderful advocate and confidante for our students, over the
last three years. We warmly welcome her replacement Mrs Stephanie Chapman, who has already begun in the role. Mrs Chapman (photo middle, on right) will be on site on Tuesday afternoons for those who wish to make appointments.

The 2019 Craighead Chronicle (photo bottom right) is now published and in the process of being distributed. This is a high-quality magazine and an excellent record of the school year. We thank Mrs Gala Kirke and Ms Katy Whelan, and the Magazine Committee members for once again producing this for the school. Each 2019 family will receive a copy.

God Bless – E te atua manaaki – Lindy Graham