Tēnā koutou katoa e te whānau o Craighead –

Lunch with the Prime Minister – In my capacity as Chair of the Aoraki Secondary Principals’ Association, I had the pleasure of attending a
luncheon at the Landing Services Building with the Prime Minister, Ms Jacinda Ardern and various accompanying MP’s, hosted by Venture
Timaru and Mayor Nigel Bowen. Ms Ardern is an impressive orator, with her ability to answer multi-faceted questions both succinctly and
accurately. She commended local businesses for their ability to be resilient and adaptable and for endeavouring to turn a challenging
economic and social environment into opportunities.

There was a collective buzz of appreciation in the room when Ms Ardern announced financial support towards the refurbishment of the Timaru Theatre Royal heritage building, to the value of $11.6m, as a project which meets the Governments’ shovel-ready criteria. Craighead was well represented at this lunch, with several present and past Board members also attending. Mrs Jo Luxton, a Rangitata-based Labour List MP, will join our final Assembly for Term 3 next Wednesday (provided we are in Alert level One) and speak to our students about what a typical week as a politician is like!

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori: Māori Language Week – Monday marked 45 years since the first Te Wiki o te reo Māori was held. It is a point in time to celebrate, promote and encourage use of te reo – it is also a prompt that every time we use te reo, we contribute to its revitalisation. Te Wiki o te reo Māori is part of the much broader strategy and work programme, Tau Mai Te Reo (Māori language strategy for Education) to help achieve the Government’s target of a million people using te reo in everyday life by 2040. Within this strategy is the very successful Te Ahu o te Reo Māori programme providing opportunities for teachers to make te reo part of their everyday teaching lives. As a school, one of our major strategic goals over the next few years is to upskill our whole school community by celebrating, promoting
and encouraging everyday use of te reo.

Postponement of Lip Sync until Term 4 – The success of our annual Lip Sync is dependent upon having a supportive and enthusiastic audience! Given the uncertainly around Alert levels and gathering sizes (with the next decision to be made on Monday), we have decided to postpone Lip Sync until early in Term 4 because of the current situation. This will not only allow us a chance to invite you to participate as our audience, but it will allow a little more time to perfect our lip sync skills! This event will now take place on Thursday 14 October in the Auditorium beginning at 7pm.

House Jump Jam Final – The grand final was held during Wednesday’s Assembly time. What an outstanding conclusion to this Interhouse Whānau competition! The three (independent) judges were very impressed by the energy, enthusiasm, strong movements and synchronisation from each of the Whānau House finalists, which made judging a challenge! Congratulations to Te Rawhiti 5 who were placed first, one point ahead of Te Uru 3. Te Tonga 1 and Te Raki 1 were placed third equal. Thanks again to Year 12 student Macey Dobson and Mrs Scott, who organised and supported the Whānau groups through to fruition. This was a lovely light-hearted way to finish Term 3 amidst all the assessment going on at present.

God Bless – E te atua manaaki – Lindy Graham