Tēnā koutou katoa e te whānau o Craighead –
Staffing changes from Term Three
Sadly, we say farewell to Whaea Anahera Clarkson at the end of this term. She has been teaching Te Reo Māori and Te Ao Māori
part time to our Year 7-10 students this semester. Whaea Clarkson is passionate about providing the opportunity to further the
learning of Te Reo Māori and Te Ao Māori, and giving the girls cultural identity. She feels that her students learn the true meaning
of whānaungatanga and aroha, by having Te Reo Māori as an option. We wish her all the best as she embarks on her teacher
training, needing to spend the time focusing on her studies and caring for her young family.
In addition to Whaea Clarkson’s departure, HOD English Mrs Ella Wright will take maternity leave from half-way through Term 3. This necessitates some changes to the timetable, some effective as of the beginning of the term, while the others will happen when Ms Kate Morgan joins the teaching staff to replace Mrs Wright. Ms Morgan is a Craighead Old Girl who is currently teaching English and Media Studies at Howick College, Auckland. We are very fortunate to have been able to attract her back to South Canterbury. Mrs Holly Scott has accepted the position as Acting HOD English in the interim.
Board of Trustees June Meeting
The focus of the June meeting was on overall Student Achievement (deferred from the May meeting because of lockdown) including achievement tracking and monitoring systems, our NCEA results from 2019, and how we compare to similar decile schools and to those nationally. This created some very robust discussion! The following graph will give you an idea as to our very positive academic performance overall in 2019.
New HOD Social Sciences, Mrs Wendy Johnston and Economics teacher Ms Sue Reeves presented the triennial Social Sciences Department Report on behalf of Economics, Geography and Classics. The Department is rebuilding after recent staff changes, but have some exciting plans for the future, such as offering a Commerce course with a combination of Business, Economics, Accounting, and Young Enterprise. Developing financial capability is also a goal. Geography remains a popular choice right through the Senior School, with its focus on education outside the classroom opportunities. Quite a high proportion of our students go on to study Commerce or Social Science subjects at Tertiary institutions. History and Social Studies will be reported on at a later date.
End of Term Two
As we come to the end of Term Two, I would like to complement our students for the effort they have put into maintaining their focus throughout lockdown and upon return to school over the past six weeks. While some students will have assessments to complete during the break, those who have worked consistently since March 25th are encouraged to take some time off so that they can return refreshed and ready for the long winter term. Term Three will be a busy term, with sports, cultural and social events up and running again. Congratulations to the House Captains for organising their Houses to perform at the House Choir competition this afternoon. Thanks also to our comperes, Performing Arts Leaders – Charlotte Howe and Laura Kelliher, the conductors and Judge – Ella Thomas of the Vocal Studio Timaru. Once again, the students rose to the challenge with everything coming together nicely at the end. Te Raki (below) won the competition, with Te Rawhiti in second place.
God Bless – E te atua manaaki – Lindy Graham