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Kō Jacob Mulholland toku ingoa. Hello everyone, my name is Jacob Mulholland and I am the new Director of Sport at Craighead. I am very excited to be here and am looking forward to getting to know you all and making a positive impact on different facets of sport and physical activity within the school. 

A little about me, I am 24 years old and have a beautiful wife, Rebekah. My time in high school was spent at Roncalli College from 2012 to 2016 and was head boy in my final year. I am a sports fanatic, particularly Basketball, and have spent time playing and developing sport throughout New Zealand and overseas in Australia and America. I also coach and develop athletes across South Canterbury. I studied Sports Coaching at the University of Canterbury specialising in Sports Leadership, Sports Management and Sports Science. Since then, I have worked at YMCA South and Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury Basketball, Timaru District Council and now here at Craighead.

Sport and physical activity are my passions and what I love to be doing and be involved in. I am looking forward to being a part of and adding to the success Craighead has had, in this position during my time here. I am a friendly and approachable person and always keen for a chat so come and say hello if you are walking past.

Kia ora.

Jacob Mulholland

Director of Sport


Our CDS Athletes enjoy success at Aoraki event…

Our CDS Athletes enjoy success at Aoraki event…

CDS Athletes Enjoy Success at Aoraki Event


The Craighead Athletics team enjoyed a fantastic day at the Aoraki Secondary School Track and Field championships on Wednesday 15th March in Ashburton. Held on the grass track in Ashburton Domain with the Morgans Road track currently being resurfaced, the team of 32 athletes won 17 individual Aoraki titles between them, as well as winning 3 of the 4 relays. There were many other individual place getters in a dominant display by the school and a team of over a dozen girls will now travel to the South Island Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships in Invercargill from the 31st March to 2nd April. Top results are listed below.


Multiple title winners

  • G14 – Ruby Mahuika 1st 200m, 400m and Long Jump
  • G15 – Sienna Wright – 100m, 200m, Long Jump
  • G15 – Charlotte Blake – Shot put, Discus, Javelin
  • G19 – Niamh Motley – 400m, 800m, 1500m.


Single title winners

  • G14 – Charlotte Shefferd Shot Put
  • G14 – Ruby Laming 3000m
  • G15 – Faith Coffin 400m
  • G15 – Camryn Linton Triple Jump
  • G19 – Camryn Porter High Jump, also 2nd in Triple Jump


Top 3 placings

  • G14 – Ruby Laming, 2nd 1500m
  • G15 – Zara Brunton, 2nd Discus
  • G15 – Faith Coffin, 2nd in 800m
  • G15 – Lucia O’Sullivan, 3rd Triple Jump
  • G16 – Mia Donaldson, 3rd 400m
  • G16 – Orla Motley, 2nd Triple Jump and 2nd Javelin
  • G16 – Tara O’Brien, 3rd High Jump
  • G16 – Maggie Robinson, 2nd Shot Put
  • G16 – Renette Van Heerden, 3rd Shot Put
  • G19 – Lydia Giles, 3rd 400m
  • G19 – Pippa Raymond, 2nd Shot put
  • G19 – Marissa Shannon, 2nd 800m
  • G19 – Madi Thomas, 2nd 200m and 400m


Relays – 1st in G19, G16 and G15 and 3rd in G14 4 x 100m relay races

Meet our 2023 Student Leaders…

Meet our 2023 Student Leaders…

I joined Craighead as a Year 7 Boarder back in 2017. I can honestly say I had no idea what I was in for, but I loved it from the start. Coming from a small rural school with one other girl in my Year group, I was quickly enamoured with the sisterhood and camaraderie I found in 7JW. Other experiences like being a boarder, my participation in various sports, debating and choir expanded my horizons. I was definitely one of those kids who wanted to try everything! I’ve since left the boarding house, and I can no longer sing, but the relationships developed through those pursuits still remain, and I am incredibly thankful for them.

As Sacristan, I am incredibly privileged to be tasked with assisting in the upholding of the school’s Special Character. The Special Character of Craighead is such an integral part of our identity, and I’m honoured to represent such an important part of school life. In my role, I’m hoping to foster a sense of togetherness in our community, especially coming off the back of the pandemic. Chapel looks slightly different this year, with the chaplain offsite, and I am incredibly grateful to have Rafaela working alongside me to navigate this.

Next year, I plan to attend University and study Law or a Bachelor of Arts. I also hope to take a gap year and travel in the future.

Anna O’Sullivan

Sacristan 2023

Craighead Athletic Sports Awards 2023…

Craighead Athletic Sports Awards 2023…

2023 Athletics Sports Awards

Congratulations to all students who received recognition for their efforts and achievements at our Athletics Sports held recently. Two records were broken – Year 8 student Greer Pratt threw 9.36m in the Minor Shot Put, beating the old record of 8.36m. Year 11 student Orla Motley threw 33.84m in the Intermediate Javelin, beating the old record of 32.59m.

Thanks to Gaela Kilgour, our Cross Country and Running coach, and mother of Sports Captain, Niamh Motley,for assisting with the presentations. 


Champions and Runners Up for 2023 : (big group photo above)

Minor :

Kirk Cup Overall Minor Champion – Neve Ball

Junior Champion Runners Up – Lucy Flett, Olivia McLachlan, Charlie Nichol


Mr & Mrs J Quaife Cup Overall Junior Champion – Charlotte Blake

Junior Champion Runner Up – Sienna Wright 


Mrs Gilbert Grigg Challenge Cup Intermediate Overall Champion – Orla Motley

Intermediate Champion Runner Up – Maggie Robinson


Dr & Mrs Shackleton Challenge Cup for Overall Senior Champion – Jointly awarded to Madeline Thomas and Niamh Motley

Overall Champions:

Welford Family Cup for Overall Champion – Charlotte Blake (Left in photo below)

Overall Champion Runner up – Orla Motley (right in photo below)

Track and Field Events:

Miss JA Hayes Cup Open 100m – 1st Sienna Wright, 2nd Madeline Thomas, 3rd Ruby Mahuika

Open 3000m – 1st Niamh Motley, 2nd Ruby Laming, 3rd Faith Coffin

Johanna Williamson (Reith) Cup for Senior Field Events: Camryn Porter

Senior Field Events Runner Up : Samantha Giddings

Champion House Cup: Te Tonga with 903 points

Boarders vs Daygirls relay – 1st Daygirls

Staff vs Year 13 Relay – 1st Staff

South Canterbury Drama League presents ‘Bring it On’….

South Canterbury Drama League presents ‘Bring it On’….

South Canterbury Drama League – Juniors High School is beyond excited for our production of BRING IT ON!  opening THIS THURSDAY 23 MARCH!!

Running for 9 shows only – 23 March to 1 April 2023 down at the Playhouse, Church Street Timaru.

Tickets through iticket:

Bring It On: The Musical tells the story of Campbell Davis, a young cheerleader who dreams of leading her squad to victory at a National Cheerleading Competition. Based on the film of the same name and featuring a sassy script and fresh new songs from Tony Award winning – Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, In The Heights) and Tom Kitt (Next To Normal). Bring It On has become a fan favourite, and now it is Timaru’s turn to see this great show!

Attached are some promotional photos of Natalie Holland, Clare Scarlett, Melah Bowen, Livi Williamson and Taylor Bolitho who are starring in our production of Bring it On the musical.
Beware the wrath of the cheerleader and get your tickets for BRING IT ON before it’s too late!!
23rd March – 1st April for 9 shows only!