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BOT August Report
We warmly welcome parent Mr Antony Ford to the Craighead Board of Trustees, as a co-opted member. A local Accountant, Mr Ford replaces Mr Brian Rae as Chair of our Finance Committee. New HOD Mathematics, Miss Kelly Dawe presented her triennial report on behalf of the Mathematics and Statistics Department. Programmes and assessments in Mathematics are based on contextual problems, with an emphasis on problem solving so that students can contribute to an ever-evolving society. Members of the Department are excited about our proposed curriculum changes and opportunities planned for 2018, particularly with respect to cross curricular collaboration. The Mathematics Department achieves very good academic results, is well resourced, and has skilled and passionate teachers who have good access to professional development opportunities.

Student Representative, Sophie Balchin gave a detailed report about what she gained from being one of eight Student Representatives to attend the School Trustees Association Annual conference, held in Dunedin last holidays. In amongst topics about governance, Sophie was most impressed by Professor Harlene Hayne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Otago, as an inspirational example of women in leadership roles.

Sports Advisory Council
The Craighead Sports Advisory Council has now been operating for almost 3 years. This group was set up to look at five key aspects of sport – Community Relationships, Recognition of Achievement, Participation and Opportunity, Building Capacity and Initiatives and Issues. Good progress has been made in most of these areas, most notably the development of the Craighead Sports Portal, the introduction of a Sports awards ceremony, sourcing inspirational speakers, rationalising cups and trophies, streamlining documentation, and honouring outstanding achievement and commitment to a sport. Mrs Rebecca Dobbs was the inaugural Chairperson and has done an excellent job of setting up the structure and framework for how the Council operates. Mrs Dobbs has now completed her term, and we thank her for her tremendous leadership over the past three years. It is pleasing to see that other local secondary schools are now following our lead!

We are delighted that Parent Representative Mr Mick Geary has now taken up the role of Chairperson. Other members include: Mrs Lee-Anne Lang and Mrs Verna Parker (Community Representatives), Anna Hayward and Sarah Templeton (Sports Captains), Mr Allan Faith and Mrs Diane Surridge (PE Department Staff Representatives), Mr Mick Geary and Ms Caro Rhodes (Parent Representatives).

We wish Leah McDonald the best of luck as she heads to China next week to represent New Zealand at the World Speed Skating Championships in Junior (U20) races.

God Bless, Lindy Graham