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

Lipsync—Once again this most entertaining annual event was a highlight on our Cultural calendar. Our Performing Arts Committee did a fabulous job putting together a varied and creative programme involving 20 different ‘acts’! This is a student led activity where we saw real student leadership in action—from taking part, to compering and demonstrating expertise in stage lighting and sound.  We were most impressed by the high level of involvement and creative talents of all members of the school community, including staff. Congratulations to eventual placegetters, ‘Year 12 Hostel’, ‘The Heartbreakers’, and ‘Mrs Wright’s Revolting Form Class’! Thanks to all members of our Performing Arts Committee, our Lighting and Sound Technicians, with special thanks to Performing Arts Leaders Kate Low and Casey Brosnahan.  Each year, we are always impressed by the level of positive support shown by everyone in the audience. It was a light-hearted way to finish the busy winter term.

NCEA preparation—Term Four is when we focus fully on academic attainment – it is the business end of the school year!  A reminder to all parents/caregivers that Wednesday October 31 (Week 3 of Term 4) is the last day of formal schooling for Year 11-13 students prior to NCEA external examinations beginning. Study leave officially begins on Thursday 1 November. This Friday, Senior students will be given final instructions around the requirements for external NCEA examinations, by NZQA Centre Manager (and former Craighead staff member) Mrs Charlotte Woods. With time now running out, it is time to increase the effort required for effective study and revision. Staff are always available to guide and assist students with preparation for their external examinations, but in the end students themselves must put in persistent effort.  Year 10 students will also be facing some practice examinations in some core subjects early in November, as preparation for learning what is required for study success in Year 11 in 2019. To access more study tips please download the iStudyAlarm on any smart phone. It is now FREE. Here you will find 27 study tips, 12 exam ideas, 12 break ideas and a “motivate me” button. 

Sports Awards Ceremony—Wednesday 24 October, 11.50am, in the Turley Auditorium—Stand-Up Paddleboard World Champion and Craighead Old Girl Ms Annabel Anderson will join us as our guest speaker at the Sports Award ceremony next week, held during our regular Assembly time. We have some (although limited) seating for family members who may wish to join us. Parents/caregivers of major prize recipients are invited to attend a finger food lunch in the foyer immediately after the function.

The Great Kiwi Bake-off – we hope you managed to watch Craighead Old Girl Annabel Coulter on TV2 on Tuesday evening for the first viewing of this very entertaining series. Annabel started her own business (called ‘Annabel Bakes’) while still at school in 2017.

Congratulations to Annabel for taking out the Star Baker honour for Week One, with her delicious cupcakes and Buzzy Bee children’s birthday cake!  

Lindy Graham