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

Mr Leonard Stuart Home: QSM The week began with the sad news that Mr Len Home, patron of Craighead, passed away early on Saturday morning. Len and his wife Nessie had four of their five daughters attend Craighead between 1974 and 1986. Len served faithfully on all Craighead governing Boards—the Board of Trustees from 1984 to 1999, the Board of Governors from 1981 until 1990, and the Board of Proprietors from 1991 until 2005. Chair of the Works Committee, he was responsible for Craighead buildings. The Junior Boarding wing was named the Len Home wing in honour of his tireless service to the school. In 1999, he was presented a Multi-serve National Education Award, and in 2005, named as a recipient of a QSM for Public Services in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Len was thrilled to be named an honorary member of the Craighead Old Girls’ Association! He remained a frequent visitor to our school office until recent ill health made walking too difficult for him. Len’s last visit to Craighead was in Term Two, when he came to admire our new gymnasium and library facilities, accompanied by former student parent Ms Rosemary McLeod. A private funeral service was held in the Craighead Chapel this week, with a memorial planned at his beloved St Mary’s Church in Timaru following the re-opening of the church after earthquake strengthening (likely to be in September). Our thoughts and prayers are with the Home family at this sad time.

Dr Deborah Stevens—leading researcher and educator in the field of Bioethics: Year 13 were fortunate to spend last Friday with Dr Deborah Stevens, discussing and debating ethical topics as they relate to issues in modern science and society today. Dr Steven’s knowledge of the impact of contemporary culture on citizens’ values development, decision-making, behaviour and wellbeing is grounded in her background in science, psychology, education and public medicine. Her research shows that bioethics education provides an effective forum for students to critique the origin and structure of their personal worldview and to understand the worldview of others. Dr Stevens was most impressed by our Year 13 students’ abilities to debate and challenge each other!

Congratulations to Craighead teacher Mr Martin Kane, for winning the 2018 Electric Vehicle Champion of the Year award last week in Auckland! Mr Kane, the only nominee from outside of the EV industry, was honoured for his efforts in promoting the electric car industry

Lindy Graham