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

This week marks the beginning of lent. Lent is the 40 days building up to Easter where we remember Jesus being tempted in the desert. Lent is traditionally a time of prayer, fasting, and reflection. In Chapel and in assembly, students have been challenged to take up the practice of generosity for Lent, rather than giving something up. The practice of generosity has thus far seen students eating pancakes, writing prayers and sending cards to our brothers and sisters affected by cyclone Gita in Tonga, Samoa and Fiji.  

Leaders Commissioning Service—The Leaders’ Commissioning Service was our first formal Chapel for the year. This celebratory service was also a chance for the School community to officially welcome our new Chaplain, Reverend Lucy Flatt. 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.

Academic Colours were awarded in Assembly this week to students who received Excellence endorsements at NCEA Levels One and Two in 2017. Our guest was Mayor Damon Odey, (resplendent in a pink suit with Mayoral chains!), who presented the awards. 19 students achieved Excellence at Level One and 12 achieved Excellence at Level Two. A further 19 students achieved Excellence at Level Three—these students have now left Craighead. We were extremely pleased with our overall endorsements (Excellence and Merit) and congratulate all those students. The provisional data indicates that we compare very favourably with similar Decile 8-10 schools nationally:

Overall endorsements in NCEA  2017          Craighead   Decile 8-10                     schools

Level One Endorsements (Excellence and Merit) 84.5% 69.8%

Level Two Endorsements (Excellence and Merit) 58.8% 56.9%

Level Three Endorsements (Excellence and Merit) 65.6% 54.2%


Craighead Year 13 Scholarship—Each year, we have a very strong field of applicants for the Year 13 Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a student who is intending to undertake tertiary study upon leaving school, who has shown a commitment to taking responsibility for her own academic learning, and who has contributed to the sporting or cultural life of the school. Congratulations to Alia Cooper who is this years’ recipient.

Summer Quadrangular Tournament (Sunday 18—Tuesday 20 February) Craighead teams are taking part in the Summer Quadrangular Tournament next week, being hosted by Rangi Ruru in Christchurch. Although fielding very young teams this year, we are looking forward to competing in Debating, Volleyball, Tennis, Touch and Swimming against our city sister schools.

God Bless

Lindy Graham