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

Staff changes for 2018

We are delighted to announce that Mrs Ella Wright has been appointed to the Head of English Department position. Mrs Wright is currently Assistant Head of English at TBHS. An experienced teacher, Mrs Wright brings considerable experience in Pastoral Care, as a leader of Professional Learning and as the Staff Representative on the Board of Trustees. Miss Gabriella Hyndman from Dunedin joins our Social Sciences Department in 2018. Having just completed her teacher training at the University of Otago College of Education, Miss Hyndman specialises in the teaching of Geography and Social Studies. On a sad note, Miss Lydia Mills has just accepted a teaching position at a Christchurch school so that she can be closer to friends and family.  A passionate teacher of French and History, Miss Mills has also been our Dean of Year 9 and 10 this year. We wish her all the best as she moves north.  We are very fortunate to have appointed three very capable, experienced teachers as part-time staff for 2018 and beyond. Mrs Helen Quirke will teach Te Reo in the Junior school, Sasha Smillie will join our Science Department, and Mrs Johanna Rosewall will join the ESOL Department, supporting our International students. 

 Sporting Achievements

Even though the school year is virtually complete, a lot of our students are still fully involved in their sports. Congratulations to Lily Rae (Y11) for being selected in the New Zealand Squash emerging players camp for 2018.  Lily has had a huge year with Squash, increasing her grade from C1 to B1, which is a massive rise. Aiming to one day represent New Zealand, Lily is certainly one to watch!

 Anna Hayward (Y13) and Alice Ritchie (Y10) both competed at the National Athletics Championships held in Hastings last weekend. Anna won the Silver medal in the 200m (24.67 seconds) and Bronze in the 100m (12.07 seconds), while Alice achieved her goal of reclaiming the Gold medal in the 2000m Walk (10.23.45 minutes). These are outstanding achievements at National level, with both girls achieving personal best times! Congratulations Anna and Alice.

 End of year count down

It was lovely to see all our Senior students return to school following the external examination period.  These exams went relatively smoothly, thanks to Examination Centre Manager Coordinator Mrs Charlotte Woods, NZQA Principal’s Nominee Mrs Lara Hearn, trouble-shooter Mrs Kate Hayman, and to all our loyal Supervisors and Assistants. Thank you all!

This week signals the end of the school year, although members of Senior Management and our School office staff will remain working until next Friday 15 December. Our final newsletter will come out next week, along with an invitation to next year’s Year 13 students to attend our overnight Leadership Training camp beginning at 11am on Monday 29 January 2018.

Lindy Graham