Aug 16, 2019 | principal's message
He oranga ngakau, he pikanga wairoa: Positive feelings in your heart will enhance your self-worth
Tēnā koutou katoa, e te whānau o Craighead
It’s been a week of celebrating sporting success here at Craighead! We started the week by learning that Phoebe Trolove had won gold in the NZ Women’s Quad Sculls at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Tokyo.
Phoebe has been training specifically for this event at Karapiro since lateMay. We were thrilled to watch the NZ team storm home in the final on Sunday afternoon.
Back at home, we have also had several other sporting successes. The CDS rugby First XV played Timaru Girls’ High School on Wednesday at Pleasant Point with a convincing win over TGHS 29 – 5. Last night, the football First XI played Roncalli College in the final of the Aoraki Girls’ Football League; the girls played some fabulous football to win 3-2! In the lead up to Tournament week, this was a particularly pleasing result. We would like to thank the coaches, teachers-in-charge and parent managers for everything they have done to support our girls; without your help a lot of this would not be possible.
Our Year 7 and 8 students left school very early on Thursday morning bound for Christchurch for the annual Cathedral Grammar School Exchange. According to the staff present, the weather played its part and the conditions were superb for some excellent sporting moments. Craighead dominated the exchange with some outstanding results (see our Sports section). Congratulations girls, you should be very proud of these results, and a big thanks to those teachers and staff who went with the girls to supervise!
For the majority of this week, Mr Pahl has been busy with preparations for the Cadenza Concert being held at school today and tomorrow. There is a huge amount of work that goes in behind the scenes of a concert of this nature and we are incredibly appreciative of the tireless hours that Mr Pahl puts in to ensure these events run smoothly. There is a final Cadenza concert on Saturday night at the Theatre Royale where the choirs will be performing. Pictured below is our Kapa Haka group who performed at the Cadenza Opening Ceremony. The Craighead Chorale are not singing at Cadenza as they are headed to Dunedin for the Big Sing finals in two weeks.
Senior exams start next week for Years 11–13. Practice exams are very important for the girls and it is essential that they do the very best they can. These exams are used as the basis for awarding Derived Grades should your daughter be unable to attend her external exams due to illness, bereavement or trauma. There are specific criteria that need to be followed should the need arise to apply for a Derived Grade. Please ensure your daughter is utilizing her study time wisely – the more time she spends revising the more familiar she will be with the material being assessed.
Sadly, we also learnt last week of the passing of Ms Rosemary McLeod. Rosemary was heavily involved in the Craighead Parents’ and Friends’ Association, the Craighead Rowing group and took great interest in what was happening at school over a number of years. We wish to extend our sympathy and condolences to Rosemary’s husband, Mr Stephen Gawler and her daughters – Eloise, Lucy and Olivia and son Ben.
God bless | E te atua manaaki – Lara Hearn