Though the 2021-22 year has had the challenges of Covid and its requirements, it has been extremely positive with exciting initiatives, positive feedback and strategies developed for growth. It has also been a celebration of the ongoing academic, sporting and cultural excellences achieved.
As a Board, we would like to take this opportunity to highly commend our Principal, Ms Lindy Graham for her leadership, vision and passion for the school. Also, thanks to the teachers and support staff who work together to ensure Craighead Diocesan School is progressive, supportive and attractive as a learning environment which parents desire for their daughter/s.
Student Academic Achievement – We are always proud of our academic achievements and 2021 was no exception. While we await the official confirmed data from the Ministry of Education it appears that the Yr 11 – 13 students have achieved well above averages, not only national averages but also above schools of similar deciles. Last year we had 4 scholarships which demonstrates that, not only do we produce well rounded students but also those who are capable of achieving academically at the very highest level.
Self-Review and Department Reporting – Science, Careers, Library and Special Character are areas that have recently presented their triennial reports to the BOT. Reporting allows each Department to share their programmes, successes, strengths and areas of focus, as well as innovations and future directions for their respective learning areas.
Teaching and Learning – The focus for the Board of Trustees for 2021/22 continues to be the development of our teaching and learning spaces. We strive to ensure that we are providing modern teaching and learning environments which support and empower our staff and students. Our proposed future projects include working with the Board of Proprietors towards the redevelopment of the West Watson teaching and administration block and strengthening Shand House. We also thank the Board of Proprietors for the tireless work they undertake with building projects and in particular the recent kitchen/dining room revamp.
Compliance – The BOT continues to face compliance and regulatory pressures, particularly with requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act and Vulnerable Children’s Act. We are comfortable that we have the policies and procedures in place to meet these requirements and recently joined a comprehensive administrative policy programme called SchoolDocs that ensures we are regularly reviewing policies, so they remain current. Policies recently reviewed were the Health Safety and Welfare and the Legal Responsibility Policies.
Also recently reviewed and adopted by the Board for submission to the MOE for auditing was the School Charter and 2022 Annual Plan. We are currently in year two of a three-year plan that ensures we focus on the learning priorities going forward for the school.
BOT Elections – Triennial Board Elections for the Board of Trustees will be held in September this year. We actively encourage people to stand for election and would love to hear from any of you who may be at all interested. The role is not onerous and provides you with a great opportunity to be involved in governance decisions regarding your daughter’s education.
Mrs René Crawford
Craighead Board of Trustees