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

Colours Awards—At our final Assembly for Term Four, we recognised outstanding student contribution, performance and achievement, reflecting our Mission Statement “To inspire and support the pursuit of personal excellence”. Recipients have contributed and/or achieved at a very high level in a sporting or cultural activity over the past year. There are four categories of awards—Outstanding Achievement, Outstanding Contribution, Colours and Elite Colours. Each category has a specific set of criteria which must be reached, mostly through representing Craighead, but also in recognition of top achievement in activities not necessarily offered by the school.

Elite Colours were awarded to Nikita Clemens, Phoebe Trolove and Sophie Lightbourne (Rowing), Kate Trimble (Shooting), Leah McDonald (In-line Speed Skating), Lucy Crawford and Kate Crawford (Tennis), Alexandra Brown and Kristie Brown (Water-Skiing). 

Our Top Scholars for 2017 were: Level 1 NCEA: Tayla Cvitanich and Amy Xie; and Level 2 NCEA: Olivia Frogley and Alia Cooper. 

We were privileged to be joined by Craighead Old Girl, singer/songwriter, (proud former Waimate resident) Ms Kaylee Bell (above, with Ms Graham and Alysha Bradley) who has recently returned from the United States following her success in winning the international Unsigned Only Competition Overall Grand Prize, with her single “Getting Closer”.  Kaylee spoke to the Assembly prior to performing her new song “Play That Keith” for the very first time. In addressing the students and staff, Kaylee highlighted the importance of relationships and friendships, particularly our female relationships—between friends, mothers, sisters, and female teachers—stressing that it is important to encourage each other, to work together, to learn from each other, and to enjoy each other’s successes. She left us with a very powerful message about “…finding out what you love to do in life, as what fulfils you is not a coincidence, but a calling”. We warmly thank Kaylee for making the time to return to Craighead to inspire our current students and staff.

Holiday Break and NCEA Preparation

Wednesday 31 October (Week 3 of Term 4) is the last day of formal schooling for Year 11-13 students prior to NCEA external examinations beginning— effectively meaning only twelve school days in Term Four! For Seniors, now is the time to complete all those final assessments, tidy up study notes and update the study plan so that they are well organised and ready for the final term. 

We wish everyone a well-deserved break over the coming holiday period.

Lindy Graham