He oranga ngakau, he pikanga wairoa: Positive feelings in your heart will enhance your self-worth

Tēnā koutou katoa, e te whānau o Craighead

It was lovely to have all our Senior students return to school last Monday following the external examination period. These examinations went very smoothly, thanks to Examination Centre Manager Mrs Charlotte Woods, NZQA Principal’s Nominee Ms Lara Hearn, troubleshooter Mrs Kate Hayman, and all our loyal supervisors and assistants.

Christmas Dinner for our Year 11-13 students was once again a highlight on the school calendar. Chef Anna and her team did an excellent job providing a delicious traditional Christmas meal, and we were lucky to be entertained between courses by some of our promising young musicians. They are to be commended for persevering despite the challenging acoustics in our dining room. We hope that the students enjoyed the chance to have group photos taken by our photographer.

Craighead Old Girl Abigail Kempf was this years’ guest speaker at our Final Assembly. Abigail sharing her amazing personal story about being a Russian adoptee (along with her twin brother) and of growing up as part of a wonderful family in New Zealand. Keen on both Sport and the Arts, Abigail went on to complete firstly a two year performing Arts Musical Theatre Diploma and then a degree at NZ School of Music in Jazz Vocals, despite being dyslexic. Her message was for students to work hard and to push themselves in order to reach their goals, and to find ways to learn which suits each person. We thank Abigail for taking part in our final celebrations, and look forward to her one day returning to Craighead to sing our School Song “Brother, Sister” which is clearly special to her! At this Assembly, the Senior Leaders were thanked for their leadership over the year, and we also said farewell to leaving or retiring staff – Mr Fletcher, Mrs McKenzie and Mr Pahl.

Carol Services at St Mary’s Anglican Church – We thank Reverend Lucy Flatt for running our two Carol Services, and to all those students and staff who made this such a special occasion – our musicians, the
readers and the teaching staff involved. A lot of preparation goes into ensuring a respectful, reverent and holy service, as we finished the school year together as a faith community in the lead up to Christmas. It
was lovely to have many of our extended families attend Carol Services and to also have former students join us.

Annual Prize-giving – The new gymnasium proved to be an excellent venue for our annual prize-giving. We are incredibly grateful to the small team of staff who rallied at very short notice to make this venue look amazing, given the sudden closure of the Theatre Royal. Thanks especially to Mr Pahl, Mrs Cunningham, Ms Hearn, Ms Whelan, Mrs Hayman and Caretaker Lance Puhiere, along with several other staff who assisted with the finishing touches. It was certainly a mammoth undertaking to transform a gymnasium into a function centre. Congratulations to all those students who were acknowledged for their efforts and achievement at the annual Academic Prizegiving for 2019. We have some very talented and capable young women in our midst. To our top scholars for 2019 – Dux Tayla Cvitanich and Proxime Accesserunt Meghan Templeton and Annabel Wright, huge congratulations! We are very proud of your efforts and will follow your next steps with great interest.

God Bless – E te atua manaaki – Lindy Graham