Tēnā koutou katoa e te whānau o Craighead –

Upcoming events:
While this term is shorter than the other three (nine weeks), it is shaping up to be no less busy! In the first half of the term, we have the following events and functions which families need to be aware of:

  • Tuesday 11 May – Whānau Hui – We warmly invite families from the Craighead Whānau to our first whānau hui. The purpose of this initial hui is to make connections with each other and to begin conversation/korero about how we can best support our Māori learners and their whānau. This first hui will be an informal gathering, beginning at 5.30pm in the upstairs section of the Speights Ale House.
  • Thursday 13 May – Canterbury Region Teacher-Only Accord Day – This day is designated for teaching staff to work through the planning and preparation for the revised NCEA. Year 7 and 8 core staff will use this as a planning and preparation day. Should your daughter require supervision on this day, please contact the School office. Please note that Friday 14 May is a normal school day.
  • Sunday 23 May – Open Day and compulsory Chapel – Open Day begins at 2pm and students are expected to be in attendance – either as guides or in supporting teaching staff in specific learning areas as required. This concludes around 4pm and is followed by afternoon tea, then a Chapel Service from approximately 4.30-5.15pm. This is the most important promotional activity of the year for Craighead and involves all members of our school community.
  • Friday 4 June – Kāhui Ako Teacher-Only Day (also Queen’s Birthday Weekend). Craighead is hosting all schools/kura who belong to the Timaru Northand South Kāhui Ako for the day, with a collective focus on improving our Cultural Capabilities. Our guest facilitator is Professor Russell Bishop, Emeritus Professor of Māori Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Waikato, Hamilton. Author of eight books and a sought-after keynote speaker, Professor Bishop is well known for his work “Te Kotahitanga”, involving research and professional development on improving the educational achievement of Māori students in mainstream classrooms through implementing culturally responsive pedagogy (relationship-based learning strategies). It is a privilege to have someone of his calibre coming to South Canterbury.

Staffing and Timetable changes from Term Two:
As indicated in the final newsletter for Term One, we have had to rearrange existing staffing to cover an upcoming maternity leave vacancy in the Mathematics Department. These changes took effect from the beginning of Term Two, to avoid timetable disruption part way through this term. We are very fortunate to have teaching staff capable of, and willing to cover classes as necessary. Congratulations to Ms Katy Whelan on her marriage in the holidays – she will now be known as Mrs Gray. We warmly welcome Mrs Claire Spiers, our new Careers Advisor and Year 12 Dean for the coming year. We also welcome our two Gap students from Australia – Mikayla Lemar (Adelaide) and Ella Harvey (Sydney), who are joining us until the end of 2021. We are very fortunate to have these young women working mainly with our Junior students in the Boarding House.

Final day of Term One: 
It was lovely to finish the term with a “Ladies at Lunch” event – where many of our students shared a finger food lunch with a significant female in their lives. This was well attended and enjoyed by all. Thanks to Development Manager Fi McQuade who initiated, coordinated, and managed the event and our kitchen staff who provided the delicious lunch. Fortunately, the wind abated, and the weather then remained perfect for our annual Cross Country held at West End park. The new-look format proved popular, with high levels of participation in the competitive events, and long queues of students(and staff) lining up for a turn on the waterslide. Thanks to the Sports Department and Sports Captains who organised this event

God Bless – E te atua manaaki – Lindy Graham