Tēnā koutou katoa e te whānau o Craighead –

Our Senior students returned to school last Monday following the external examination period. Although finishing a week later than usual because of the impact of COVID-19, the NZQA externals went very smoothly, thanks to Centre Manager Mr Steve Godsiff and Principal’s Nominee Ms Lara Hearn. Thanks to all those people who were part ofthe process especially our loyal supervisors and assistants!

A variety of special functions held during our final week of school signalled the end of the school year for 2020. The Senior Christmas Dinner on the Monday was once again a highlight, with a superb traditional meal served by our kitchen staff on a warm summer evening. All students were then involved in either Service or House activities, with the addition of a new event, the House Tug-O-War and concluding with the hotly contested General Knowledge Cup. Craighead Old Girl Lauren Bruce (2010-14) was our guest speaker at our final Assembly. Lauren has completed her Bachelor of Science Degree and is now a full-time athlete, having just qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games in her specialist event, the Hammer Throw. At this Assembly, we thanked our Year 13 Leaders for their leadership this year – they showed great courage and resilience during the global pandemic! We also said farewell to long serving staff members Mr Allan Faith and Mrs Barbara Morris – they have taught at the school for a combined 60 years between them. We wish them all the best for a long, happy and healthy retirement.

Once again, our two Carol Services were held at St Mary’s Anglican Church,Timaru. We warmly thank all those staff and students whose efforts made the service so special, featuring our Choir, Chorale, Singers, the Woodwind Ensemble and a Piano Duet. Thorough preparation by Rev. Lucy goes into ensuring a respectful, reverent and holy service in the lead up to Christmas.

Prizegiving…

With the Theatre Royal still out of action, the annual prizegiving was again held in our lovely new gymnasium, which was transformed into a stunning function centre. We were fortunate to have a number of dignitaries join us for this special function – the Bishop of Christchurch, The Reverend Dr Peter Carrell, MP for Rangitata Mrs Jo Luxton, and his worship the Mayor of Timaru, Mr Nigel Bowen. Congratulations to all students who received awards at either the Wednesday Assembly or at theThursday Prizegiving. Special mention must be made of our top scholars for 2020 – Dux Danielle Jarvie and Proxime Accessit Mila Rollo. We have somevery capable and talented young women in our midst.

God Bless – E te atua manaaki – Lindy Graham