Nga mihi nui te whanau o Craighead.

BOP AGM—The Board of Proprietors AGM was held last week. We are appreciative of Mrs Nicky Hyslop’s willingness to remain as Chair, with Mrs Phillipa Guerin continuing as our Deputy Chair. We warmly welcome new members, Mrs Caroline Ovenstone and Mrs Tracy McLeod (both Parents’ and Friends’ Representatives), and Mrs Ruth Cooper as an Old Girl Representative.  We farewelled and thanked Mrs Teresa Templeton and Mrs Wendy Taggart for their huge commitment in supporting our BOP over recent years, and also acknowledged an impressive 21 years of service to the Board of Proprietors by Mrs Margaret Turley.

The Board of Proprietors is responsible for maintaining our existing buildings, developing new ones, taking care of our beautiful grounds, and promoting our Special Character through funding our Chaplain and Religious Education teaching staff. The BOP is also responsible for the boarding house, its welfare, management and financial viability. The BOP receives NO government funding for new buildings, the Boarding House or for delivering our Special Character. The strengthening and refurbishing of historic Shand House is now back on the agenda. It is a big task providing all this and it does not just happen. Included in your school fees is a voluntary donation and building contribution. While these are donations, and we thank you for these, we need you to understand how incredibly important they are to our school.  Without these donations Craighead could not continue to offer smaller class sizes, additional teaching resources and the high standard of facilities.

Term Three staffing update—Term Three is rapidly approaching and I have been fortunate to have been awarded a Principal’s Sabbatical. I intend to use the time to visit schools around New Zealand, investigating what structures and strategies are used to support student wellbeing (and learning). Most of these will be Anglican Schools, so I am looking forward to visiting those I have yet to set foot in. Assistant Principal Ms Lara Hearn will be Acting Principal during my absence for the term. Ms Hearn will keep her current email contact address: hearnla@craighead.school.nz.

Village Café—The later start on a Thursday morning means that groups of students walk to the Village Café before school to meet up with their friends, and order coffees or hot chocolate. Can parents please remind students of café etiquette—food from other places (New World or brought from home) must not be consumed on Village Café premises (including the outdoor seating area). When leaving the café, it is respectful to café staff to tidy up after oneself—such as stacking cutlery and crockery on the table and putting rubbish in the bins. Students who are dropped at school or arrive by bus from 8.30am are deemed to have arrived at school, and must therefore stay on site (or sign out if they are Year 13 students), as per our Health and Safety policies, in case of any emergency. Boarders may remain in the Boarding House until 9am on a Thursday morning.  

Winter Quad Billets – can you help please?

The annual Winter Quadrangular Tournament is rapidly approaching. We are hosting Columba College, St Hilda’s Collegiate and St Margaret’s College this year. One of the hardest tasks for our Sports Department is to find enough beds for over 100 visiting students—we are still looking for accommodation for approximately 40 girls. As a small school, we are finding this task increasingly challenging. It involves hosting students for the Sunday and Monday nights of 4-5 August. The continuation of these exchanges is contingent upon us being able to provide guest accommodation. If you think you can assist, please contact Sports Co-ordinator Mrs Diane Surridge as soon as possible— surridgedi@craighead.school.nz. Thank you

God Bless—Lindy Graham, Principal