Nga mihi nui te whanau o Craighead.
Term Three staffing update—Further to my update of our staffing last week, we are pleased to inform you of the following
appointments or changes:
Director of Sport—Mrs Alicia Mabey goes on maternity leave at the end of Term Two and we wish her all the best with the impending addition to her family. We are delighted that Mrs Kayla Cunningham has accepted the one-year maternity leave Director of Sport position. In addition to being a registered teacher, Kayla is passionate about all sports, and is currently playing Senior Netball for Harlequins while also training for the 2020 Coast to Coast multi-sport race.
Development Manager—Mrs Fiona McQuade has been appointed as our new Development Manager from a strong field of applicants. She replaces Mrs Phillipa Guerin who has held the role for several years. Fiona brings extensive strategic planning and business experience to the role, and many of our families will know her through her involvement in, and commitment to Craighead Rowing.
Kitchen Manager—Mrs Kerina South (Brown) has decided not to return to work at Craighead following the birth of her son. Kerina was instrumental in bringing about huge changes to the operation of our kitchen, with her focus on delivering high quality food options and encouragement of healthy eating. Mrs Anna Cook has continued the same passionate and committed approach to her running of our catering and cleaning services, so we are thrilled to announce that she has now been permanently appointed to the role as our Kitchen Manager. Mrs Wendy Burgess will retire at the end of this term after working for twenty-seven years at Craighead in our Boarding House! What an impressive commitment to the school. We wish her all the best upon her retirement.
Assistant Principal Curriculum—With Ms Lara Hearn in the Acting Principal role during my absence for Term Three, Mr Alastair Townshend has been appointed to the Assistant Principal Curriculum position for the term. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the role, including extensive experience of timetabling and curriculum
BOT June Meeting—Mr Ant Ford has been reappointed to the position of Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, with Mrs René Crawford accepting the Deputy position. We warmly welcomed newcomers, Mr Paul Dominikovich as a Parent Representative, and also Mrs Caroline Ovenstone as a Board of Proprietors and
Parents’ and Friends’ Representative. Mrs Joanne Grace gave her triennial report on her various roles—that of Guidance Counsellor, Specialist Classroom Teacher (SCT), and in charge of Gifted and Talented students. School counselling is a specialised profession and assists student to deal with personal, social or behavioural issues that put their wellbeing, learning and school achievement at risk. We are very fortunate to have a such highly qualified professional in Mrs Grace, who is passionate about providing the best possible confidential and supportive environment for our young women, and who also works closely with our Pastoral team, our
School Chaplain and outside agencies. In terms of Mrs Grace’s SCT position, the aim of this role is to contribute to the enhancement of quality teaching practices in all schools by providing support for the professional growth of other teachers in the school, especially teachers new to the profession.
God Bless—Lindy Graham, Principal