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

Craighead Parents’ and Friends’ Committee

At the Parents’ and Friends’ AGM held this week, we are very pleased to have Mrs Marion Rolleston, Mrs Caroline Lyttle and Mrs Tracy McLeod re-elected unopposed to the positions of Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary of this important service to the school.  Our Parents’ and Friends’ are very active in support of the school, whether it be by supporting our parent functions (School Formal, Grandparents’ afternoon tea, parent information evenings), or raising funds for the benefit of all students. Over the last 12 months, they have purchased crested mats for the school, subsidised the new Craighead Personal Organisers (Diaries) for students in Year 7-10, funded the Year 11 Karen Boyes Study Skills session, partially funded Staff Professional Development on “Write that Essay” (a school-wide goal to improving academic writing), purchased bean bags, a gazebo and outdoor furniture. They have also reserved significant funds to be used for the new library and gymnasium set-up. We welcome new members to the group as we look to build the number of regular attendees back up. Please consider joining this very welcoming group – contact Mrs Marion Rolleston at  The next meeting will be held on Monday 7 May at 7pm in the Auditorium foyer.

Year 9 Outdoor Education Camp Postponement – with the dire weather warnings and concern expressed by the Peel Forest Outdoor Pursuits Centre, it made sense to postpone this weeks’ Year 9 camp until the beginning of Term Two. We hope that this did not inconvenience our families too much, but felt that a wet and miserable outdoor education camp would not be an enjoyable or safe experience for anyone. This camp is now re-scheduled for Wednesday 2nd until Friday 4th May. One positive consequence is that all the Year 9 students involved in the local production “Seussical Kids and Hairspray” are now able to attend the camp! All the best for Opening Night tonight! 

School holiday break and ANZAC Day commemorations

The first four weeks of Term Two will be very busy as we transition to our new facilities. Thanks to staff and students for their tolerance and patience during the building phase – it will be worth the wait! Term Two also sees us beginning our Day 10 Future Focus Fridays (Yr 7-10) and Independent Learning programme (Yr 11-13). We welcome any Craighead students and their families to join us at the ANZAC Day Timaru Civic Service, at 10am on Wednesday April 25 at the Sound Shell, Caroline Bay. Those who wish to join with us in the procession, should meet behind the Sound Shell at 9.45am.

Best wishes to everyone for a safe and restful holiday break.

Lindy Graham