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


At the BOP AGM last week, Mrs Nicky Hyslop was appointed our new Chairperson. Mrs Hyslop is a Craighead Old Girl and a parent of three girls, who currently attend Craighead. She replaces Mrs Phillipa Guerin who has now stepped into the role of Deputy Chair. Mrs Guerin has been involved in the governance of Craighead since November 2006. Voted in as BOP Chair in December 2011 meant she had to cope with managing not only the closing of Shand House, but also sourcing emergency classrooms and boarding accommodation urgently required following the Christchurch Earthquake. In July 2016, Mrs Guerin was appointed our Development Manager. She has been instrumental in the oversight of the building of the new Senior Boarding wing followed by the new gymnasium and library complex. We thank her for her many years of service to the school community and for supporting Mrs Hyslop as she settles into her new role.

HOD Languages

Huge thanks to Madame Jenny Field for covering the position of Head of Languages, and for teaching French for Terms One and Two. We are very lucky to have such high calibre relievers as part of our school community which allow teaching and learning to continue as planned. Our new HOD Languages, Mr Joaquín Ginés-Rodríquez is in the process of moving with his family to Timaru from Auckland, and will take up his new teaching position at Craighead at the start of Term Three. We wish Mr and Mrs Field all the best as they accompany the Year 11 and 12 French students to Tahiti over the coming break.

House Choir Competition

The House Choir competition was once again a high quality event which show-cased a wide range of cultural talents. This intense competition involved a huge effort over seven weeks by House Leaders, conductors, musicians and singers. The Test Piece “Lean on Me” was a perfect choice, allowing scope for innovation and harmony, while the choice piece based on a Disney theme, also proved popular.  Congratulations to all students who participated with enthusiasm. Te Rawhiti took out first place, with Te Raki in second. Adjudicator Mrs Lucy Dillon seemed most impressed. It was a great way to finish Term Two.

Gap Students

This week, we farewell our three Lattitude students who finish their Gap year at Craighead and return home—Chiderah Moka and Patricia Schimweg to Germany and Skylar Butcher to Canada.  We thank them sincerely for their service to the school and boarding house and offer our best wishes as they embark on their tertiary studies.

Attendance at our compulsory Special Character events during the year means that the extra time adds up to an additional week in the July holiday break. This is a wonderful opportunity for both staff and students to rest and recover from the busy term (and flu symptoms!). Although some time must be put aside to recharge the batteries, our senior students do need to plan their study programmes for ensuring academic success. We wish everyone a restful and enjoyable holiday break.

Lindy Graham