Craighead Diocesan School

To inspire and support the pursuit of personal excellence

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Welcome to the start of your journey with Craighead Diocesan School…

We are a Special Character school for young women for Years 7-13, offering Boarding and Day School, situated in the heart of the South Island of New Zealand , Timaru.

Being a small school with the specific purpose of girls’ education, we adopt teaching and learning strategies designing them to meet the diverse learning needs of today’s young women.  Our classes are small and we provide a safe, emphatic learning environment.  With student wellness a top priority, our mission is to support the pursuit of personal excellence in a climate of faith and pastoral care.


Craighead has consistently produced remarkable women who have gone on to achieve remarkable things in their lives.












I warmly welcome you to our website and hope that it will convey a sense of the spirit of this wonderful school. Craighead is a unique place, with a distinctively warm and friendly family atmosphere which you will notice immediately when you visit our lovely campus. It is such a privilege to lead Craighead.

Craighead has a reputation for lifting the performance of its students – in all activities, both in and out of the classroom.  We believe many students have unrealized potential and we enjoy helping each girl discover her capabilities.

-Ms Lindy Graham , Principal

Craighead Sports Portal

For all Craighead Sports info – summer winter sport, game draws, results and more….

Calendar & Term Dates

For information on our school calendar – whats on and when, Term Dates and Chapel dates

Our Uniform

Our uniform instills a sense of identity and belonging to our Craighead School family. Our girls wear their uniform with pride and know the high standards of their uniform are expected to be maintained at all times, whether they are in class at school or out in the community.

Our Wellbeing Website

This site aims to provide you access to useful phone numbers, community groups, support agencies, websites, resources, meditation and relaxation links, and other wellbeing activities.

We hope you find this useful.

Boarding – our home away from home…

Our Boarding House is situated in the heart of our School, bringing together Boarders and Daygirls as they work and integrate as a whole – in class and out. Given a boarding experience, our girls develop many life skills, including tolerance, understanding diversity, living in a large family group, the practicalities of organisational skills and living within routines. We find that our boarders going on to University, or even a flatting situation after secondary school are well prepared and mentally resilient to deal with  the challenges a young adult can face in day-to-day living.