Nga mihi nui te whanau o Craighead.

Leader’s Commissioning Chapel Service—Our first Sunday evening Chapel for the school year was centered around our Year 13 students as they look to lead the school for 2019. School Leaders and House Captains were presented with their badges associated with a formal leadership position. All Year 13 students are considered leaders as they demonstrate leadership qualities in many ways—through serving on our numerous committees and assisting both staff and younger students around school. We thank those parents who joined us for this special occasion.  

Academic Colours Assembly—It is always a pleasure to acknowledge outstanding academic effort and attainment.  The provisional data indicates that we again compare favourably with similar Decile 8-10 schools nationally.  We were delighted with the large number of students who met their own academic goals for 2018, and especially the number of students who gained overall Endorsements – both Merit and Excellence.  

Overall endorsements in NCEA  2018                       Craighead            Decile 8-10  schools
Level One Endorsements (Excellence and Merit)        91.1%                         70.7%
Level Two Endorsements (Excellence and Merit)        67.4%                         56.9%
Level Three Endorsements (Excellence and Merit)      50%                           54.2%

As is the custom with many schools, those attaining over 50 credits at Excellence level in NCEA Levels One and Two received an Academic Colours badge for their blazers. Congratulations to all recipients. Our Top Scholars were also named and awarded an Elite Badge – congratulations to Emma Jarvie and Milly Ford (Level One NCEA), and Amy Xie and Tayla Cvitanich (Level Two NCEA). The Year 13 Scholarship is offered to reward a student who has already made a contribution to the life of the school and a commitment to taking responsibility for her own academic learning. This scholarship is to assist her to complete her schooling in preparation for Tertiary Studies. Congratulations to both Sarah Dunbar and Amy Xie, dual recipients of the Year 13 Scholarship for 2019.

 Miss Annabel Coulter, winner of the inaugural Great Kiwi Bake-off last year, was warmly received as our guest speaker. Annabel was in Year 13 at Craighead in 2017, and shared her anguish of having torn all the ligaments along the top of her hip socket after 13 years of dedicated training in classical ballet. This significant injury resulted in Annabel requiring time off school in Years 12 and 13, while recovering and coming to terms with having to give up ballet for good. To her credit, she still managed to achieve an overall Excellence endorsement for Level Three! She then turned to her other love, that of baking. She left us with this message “The old saying that we never know what is around the corner is true – if you seem stuck where you are now, remember you won’t be there forever, and what is happening now is developing you for what wonderful things are to come”. We were privileged to have Annabel join our Assembly and wish her all the best as she embarks on her studies at Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Wellington, to ultimately become a pastry chef.

 February Board of Trustees Meeting—The first Board of Trustees meeting for the 2019 year was held this week. As it is an election year for Boards of Trustees, the Chair and Deputy positions remain unchanged. Mr Antony Ford is our Chairperson and Mrs Andrea Leslie the Deputy Chairperson. Director of Sport Mrs Alicia Mabey gave a report covering her first year in this newly established role and also shared the vision for the Sports Advisory Council going forward. Mrs Mabey has developed systems for the operation of our new gymnasium and fitness centre, and for the hire of our wonderful facilities. She has worked hard on coordinating and aligning all aspects of Craighead Sport, which includes clear lines of communication with students, their families and the wider community.   Head of Curriculum, Ms Lara Hearn presented a summary of our interim NCEA results for 2018. The Ministry has made a change to the way the data is reported in that it is now all roll-based rather than participation-based (see the link to the article included in this newsletter). Our overall results remain very strong and mostly well above the results achieved by Decile 8-10 Girls’ schools. A full summary will be provided when the confirmed data is signed off in May.

 Summer Quadrangular Tournament and National Club Rowing Championships—We have a lot of students competing in their various sporting codes at present and wish them all the best with their various pursuits over the coming weeks. Best wishes to our teams going to St Hilda’s Collegiate School in Dunedin to represent Craighead at the Summer Quadrangular Tournament (Swimming, Touch, Debating, Volleyball, Tennis). We also wish our Senior Rowers all the best at the National Club Rowing Championships held at Lake Ruataniwha next week.

God Bless—Lindy Graham, Principal