Kia ora te reo Māori – naumai haere mai, nga mihi nui te whanau o Craighead.

End of Year Celebrations—The festive season is already upon us. Activities held over the final week were a great way to conclude the school year—House events, Year 13 Chapel, final Assembly, Carol Services, Prize-giving and the Leavers’ Ball. We are very grateful to everyone who assisted with, or contributed towards, the success of our end-of-year functions. St Mary’s Church once again kindly hosted our two Carol Services, allowing parents to attend the service of their choice. Huge thanks go to the Reverends Jill Maslin and Josh Taylor, to Mrs Vicki McLeod, organist Mrs Margaret Foley, the Chorale and Choir, and to the Sacristans and members of the Chapel Committee for the holy, reverent and spine-tingling services.

 Once again, our main Prize-giving was held at the Theatre Royal in Timaru. Here we acknowledged student efforts, achievement, Special Character, service, leadership, sport, culture and academic attainment. We were fortunate to have the Archdeacon for South and Mid-Canterbury, the Reverend Dr Peter Carrell, join us for our annual Prize-giving on behalf of Bishop Victoria Matthews. Thanks to Mr Karl Te Raki, Mrs Sonia Ottley and the Kapa Haka, to Mr Tim McLeod and the String Group, and to all those teaching staff, office staff, grounds staff, and students who contributed to ensuring that Prize-giving ran smoothly. Congratulations to all students for their commitment and efforts this year, especially our Dux for 2017, Emma Helliwell and Proxime Accessit, Alexis Townshend.

The traditional Leavers’ Ball held at the Caroline Bay Hall was indeed a highlight and was again, a special and stylish evening to farewell our Year 13 Leavers. Thanks to our Co-Chaplains for being part of the Presentation Ceremony, which was then followed by the sharing of a beautiful meal and enthusiastic dancing to local band “Double Talk”. The father-daughter snowball waltz was a highlight, demonstrating evidence of some serious practice in the weeks beforehand! Special thanks go to the Leavers’ Ball Committee, led by Mrs Janine Jurasovich and her team of parent helpers, whose organisational and floral skills made the evening such a tremendous success. This was a wonderful way to farewell the “Class of 2017”.

 Thanks to all members of our school community for their support of Craighead and our students this year. Best wishes for a safe, restful and holy Christmas with family and friends. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to school in late January 2018.

Lindy Graham