He oranga ngakau, he pikanga wairoa: Positive feelings in your heart will enhance your self-worth


Tēnā koutou katoa, e te whānau o Craighead

With several other members of staff, I attended the “Understanding the changes to NCEA” workshop at Timaru Boys’ High School on Monday night. As many of you will know there are two reviews occurring at the moment around education in New Zealand. The first review is of the system that we operate under – Tomorrow’s Schools; this review has been completed and the findings in Our Schooling Futures: Stronger Together can be accessed online on the Ministry of Education website. The second review is around NCEA itself, looking at how the Ministry can make sure our senior Secondary qualifications are
robust, consistent, inclusive and accessible for students of all abilities and backgrounds. Over the next two years, teachers and subject associations, together with the Ministry and NZQA officials, will be working together to realign and strengthen the NCEA qualification. As this work progresses we will keep you informed of what the changes mean for us.

Over the past week, a number of our Netball teams have been successful in winning the final games in their various grades. It was a thrilling final for our Senior A team who had a convincing 32-24 win over Mackenzie in the South Canterbury Premier Grade final on Wednesday night!

With the local season completed, the teams are now focused on Winter Tournament next week! This year, the Tournament kicks off in Blenheim with the Southern Schools’ Cycling Tour beginning on Saturday. Our A Netball and Basketball teams are competing in Nelson and our Football team is heading to Invercargill. Our First XI Hockey team is playing here in Timaru this year and I know that if you are able to get to see any of these games, the girls would love the support. Thank you to the coaches, managers and parents involved in this tournament – we really appreciate your help and support with the teams over the season. To all the girls involved in Tournament Week, play hard, play fair and good luck, we look forward to hearing how you go!

Continuing on the theme of winter, our Year 9 students had a fabulous day at Roundhill Ski Area on Tuesday. With seven centimetres of new snow overnight the girls, and the teachers, were thrilled to hit the slopes. For a number of our girls, this was the first time they had been skiing, and from all accounts they thoroughly
enjoyed themselves. We would like to acknowledge and thank Mrs Tamzin Reeve for organising this event and Mrs Julie McLean, Ms Sasha Smillie, Mrs Susan Tregenza and Rev Lucy Flatt for skiing with the girls.

The Craighead Chorale left for Dunedin on Wednesday for the NZ Choral Federation’s Big Sing Finale, which is being held from Thursday to Saturday, culminating in a Gala Concert tomorrow night. A big thank you must go to Ms Emma Hall, Ms Celia Liu and Mrs McLean for all their work with the girls. We are really looking
forward to watching your performances and hearing how you go. For those who wish to watch the event being live-streamed, the address for this will be on our Facebook page.

Ms Graham has been in touch to wish everyone good luck for the upcoming events. She is currently in Paris after spending a few days in London with her daughter Jess. From Paris she heads to Tuscany where we are sure she will enjoy some down time, relaxing and reading in the sun. We wish her and John safe travels
home in a couple of weeks.

God bless | E te atua manaaki – Lara Hearn