Tēnā koutou katoa e te whānau o Craighead –

The term is well underway, with Cultural activities coming to the fore under the direction of our Performing Arts Leaders, Charlotte Howe
and Laura Kelliher. Our annual Lipsync was a lively evening, with entries from all age groups. The overall winners produced a polished
and riveting performance which would have held its own in any competition – congratulations to Tara McDonald, Annabelle Murphy and
Laura Kelliher. While not awarded on the night, the Junior group from 7EH was our staff choice, with their stylish performance using a
song from “Hamilton”. The Junior Music Cup was also held this week – showcasing a wide variety of talent amongst the large number of
entries. Once again, we are amazed at how talented our students are! The Senior Music Cup will be held this evening at 7pm – come
along and support our senior students as they showcase their musical talent. Thanks to Ms Liu, the Performing Arts Committee and the
Music Department for their organisation of these cultural events.

Combined Sports Awards and Colours Ceremony – What a pleasure it was to be able to come together as a whole school community to celebrate our Sports and Colours Awards in one ceremony. The global pandemic clearly impacted on some sporting and most cultural activities which resulted in much reduced numbers of students receiving these awards. However, we have tried to make the most of every opportunity and I would like to congratulate all recipients, whether it be for effort, involvement or achievement. The Sports Awards gave us a chance to acknowledge those individuals who have served the school for a very long time – Senior A Basketball Coach Mrs Belinda Dore (13 years), Senior A Netball Coach Mr Barry Tucker (18 years) and former HOD Sport Mr Allan Faith (24 years). Without the efforts and expertise of these incredibly loyal and passionate sports personnel and others like them, Craighead Sport would not be as successful as it is today. Congratulations to Sports Captain Kristie Brown for her superb valedictory speech. Thanks also to our Director of Sport Mrs Kayla Cunningham, Sports Coordinator Mrs Diane Surridge, Office Administrator Mrs Kate Hayman and the Sports Advisory Council members who organised and managed this event which was sponsored by Mike Pero Mortgages.

Colours Awards guest speaker Bridget Legnavsky, General Manager of Cardrona and Treble Cone Skifields was inspirational. The former Craighead Head Girl (1989) described her journey both during and beyond school. While admitting to not having an actual plan for her life, she somehow combined her passion for Extreme Snowsports and travel, with gaining University qualifications (a Physical Education Degree, then a Masters) and eventually moved on to running a large business after completing her MBA. Oozing personality, Bridget gave advice about what a ‘good’ employee looks like from her perspective and vast experience, with having over 1200 employees. She encouraged us all to be happy, be kind, to laugh a lot and to focus on the people – ‘he tangata, he tangata, he tangata’! Congratulations to all our Colours recipients – Colours, Outstanding Achievement and Outstanding Contribution. Considering the impact of COVID-19, we had a relatively large number of Elite recipients (those who have won a National title, or who have Represented New Zealand or who have achieved success at New Zealand level with a cultural competition or performance) in a variety of endeavours – Athletics, Brass Band, Equestrian, Mountain Biking and Water Skiing – see photo on the back page.

Upcoming Teacher-Only Days – With major changes looming to the NCEA qualification, there is an Accord Teacher-Only day allocated to Canterbury on Thursday 19 November. This day is not able to be changed as there are sets of modules which teaching staff are expected to complete online over five hours on the designated day. Clearly this is an inconvenient day for those schools with Boarding Hostels! Each year, Craighead usually takes Canterbury Show day as our Teacher Only Day to assist with Department planning for the next year, but there is no Show scheduled as we are still in Alert Level One. We now intend to take Friday 20 November for the Teacher-Only Day as we prepare for 2021. Thus, students in Years 7-10 will not be required on site either day, although our Boarding House will remain open. Seniors are on examination leave, and NCEA is running as normal during that time.

God Bless – E te atua manaaki – Lindy Graham