Nga mihi nui te whanau o Craighead.  Tena koutou katoa.

Staffing changes for Term Three: Mr Martin Kane (Mathematics) returns next term from travelling overseas with his young family during Term Two.  We were privileged to have such an experienced (and former HOD) Mathematics teacher, Mr Brent Soper, able to step in and carry on teaching here as if he had never been away! Mrs Holly Scott returns from maternity leave in Term Three. She will resume teaching in the English Department and will take over as Form Teacher of 9IM. Sadly, we farewell Miss Isobel Mills-Williams, whom we have been very lucky to have on the staff for the past two years. Miss Mills-Williams is moving back to Wellington to take up an English teaching position at Queen Margaret College, before heading overseas in 2018. Mrs Margaret Foley will continue in her role as Year 11 Dean for the remainder of the 2017 year. Mrs Yvonne Thompson is going on leave for almost all of Term Three, visiting her family overseas. Mrs Tracy Dockrill will step up to the position of Acting Director of Boarding in her absence, supported by the very capable Mrs Jo Simpson. We warmly welcome back Mrs Simpson to the Boarding House staff and wish Mrs Thompson safe travels. Welcome also to Mrs Anna Cook, a new member of our kitchen staff. A chef for 22 years, Mrs Cook was previously Manager of Legends Café, Pleasant Point. Mrs Cook brings a wealth of experience to her new role. We are very lucky to now have two trained chefs working at Craighead.

 The July holiday break signals the end of their Gap year overseas for our three Lattitude students – Miriam Bergman, Sonya Winkler and Kathi Schroder. These wonderful young women have given such great service to the school and Boarding House.  We thank them for their work here and wish them all the best as they return ‘home’ to Germany, and embark on their own Tertiary studies.

 CD X Factor: The inaugural student-led CD X Factor provided a wonderful evening of entertainment. A wide variety of talent was on show, ranging from a stunning display of aerobic skills, to juggling, solo and group performances, interspersed with jokes of dubious quality.    Thanks to the very supportive, encouraging audience, who responded with obvious enthusiasm. Some of the more unusual acts including reciting the Periodic Table, a disappearing act, and putting on 18 items of Adidas clothing in under one minute, all of which were real crowd pleasers!  Special thanks to our Performing Arts Leaders (Emily Talbot and Julia Hogg) who initiated the evening, the Lighting and Sound Team, our Judges, and those students who had the courage to enter! 

 God Bless, Lindy Graham