Craighead Diocesan School

To inspire and support the pursuit of personal excellence

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We are a State-Integrated Anglican Years 7-13 Boarding and Day School for girls, situated in Timaru, South Canterbury, New Zealand.

Welcome to our website! We are very excited to share our vision with you. Although no website can give a complete picture, we hope that it will convey a sense of the spirit of this wonderful school. Craighead is committed to the pursuit of excellence in all fields of endeavour (spiritual, academic, physical and cultural), with emphasis on the development of each girl within a caring, Christian family atmosphere so that each is well-educated, well-adjusted, responsible, confident and capable of contributing to society. It is who we are and what we do that makes us different from other schools in South Canterbury. Craighead, 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.

Principal Ms Lindy Graham

As a school of Special Character, we focus on the needs and potential of each girl. 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. Our policy is an open door for all – entry to the school is not based on prior academic, cultural or sporting performance – we believe that in the Craighead environment, all students have the capacity to find their strengths and excel. Craighead has a reputation for lifting the performance of its students – in all activities, both in and our of the classroom.  We believe many students have unrealized potential and we enjoy helping each girl discover her capabilities.  There are no assumptions or limitations. Consequently, achievements are high – our NCEA results rank us with the best in the country, well above the national averages and our students feature regularly in a number of cultural and sporting activities at national level. Do please come and have a look for yourself – you will be most welcome. I look forward to meeting you soon.

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.

A Special Thanks to our Families, Businesses and School Community whom we work alongside…

A Special Thanks to local businesses for sponsoring the app…

If you would like to advertise on the Craighead Diocesan School Skool Loop App please email

To download our app: In Google Play & App Store search ‘Skool Loop’ & choose Craighead Diocesan School once installed.