Tēnā koutoa katoa e te whānau o Craighead.

Topics covered in this communication:

  • Resilience
  • Term 4 theme
  • RISE Value – Excellence
  • BOT Student Representative Candidates

It was my pleasure to welcome everyone back to school this week via a virtual Assembly using the Google Meet platform. While it was a little disconcerting talking into an iPad in an empty Auditorium, we made the most of the opportunity to ‘come together’ as a school community.

British Journalist and writer for The Times, Alice Thomson thinks that these challenging times could make us better able to deal with some the other hardships we will face in our lives. We can become tougher, more optimistic, more emotionally aware and more responsible – in other words resilient. Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity. Life is about having to change, seizing the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what is going to happen next!  Alice Thomson believes we may actually end up with Generation GRIT, a generation of high achievers! Back here at home in South Canterbury, we must remind ourselves to be incredibly grateful that we have been able to be present, at school, supporting each other, and to continue mostly with “business as usual”.

Term 4 Theme – Head Students for 2021 Charlotte and Rosie introduced the theme for this term, Gratitude, which fits nicely under our overarching theme of ‘Better Together’. They also spoke about the very popular upcoming “Rent a Year 13” event, whereby funds are raised to support a need in the local area. Students are invited to pool their funds to ‘rent’ a Year 13 student for the day.

RISE Values – Curriculum Leader, Ms Hearn then unpacked the final one of our four school RISE values – Excellence. Using a quote from actor Michael J Fox, she noted that while personal excellence can be reached, perfection is God’s business! Please read the presentation which is available in a post on this newsletter.

BOT Student Representative Candidates – outgoing Student Representative on the Board of Trustees, Nikita Bent introduced our three candidates – Ashleigh Cavanagh (Yr 12), Lucy Murphy (Yr 11) and Elodie Gordon (Yr 10), who all spoke so well about how they would approach the role. We thank them all for having the courage to step up to this important role to represent the perspective of all Craighead students. Voting forms will be available from whānau teachers today , with a closing date of 27 October.

Term 4 is the business end of the year when we focus mainly on completing the academic year. Best wishes to our Senior students as they prepare for their practice externals next week! I wish to acknowledge all the hard work involved, by students and teachers!

There are still considerable changes currently going on at Government level, which filter down through the Health and Education sectors. We continue to monitor how this might this impact on how the school operates during Term 4, such as for Prize-givings. As soon as we determine exactly how and when ours will occur, we will update you.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa




Newsletter 30 September 2021 Term 3 week 10

Topics covered:

  • End of Term 3.
  • What’s coming up in Term 4.

End of Term Three: Friday 1 October marks the end of this interrupted third term. While many school events may not have been able to run in their usual format, we were fortunate in that we have been able to hold some of our big functions such as the School Formal, and most winter sports, before the lockdown period. Cultural activities have not fared so well, unfortunately. Our students and staff have shown resilience and the ability to adapt seamlessly to blended learning opportunities. We are very pleased with our students’ academic progress to date, especially given the lockdown interruption. The holidays will be a good chance for our staff and students to take a brief break before the busy Term 4. It is especially important for our NCEA students to use this time to devise a study plan for the upcoming practice examinations. There is plenty of help available for those who need assistance with time management, keeping to a focussed study routine, while still retaining a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Year 10 and 11 Deans, Mrs Scott and Ms Fairbrother have been running dedicated Study Skills sessions with Year 11 students who are facing how to prepare for external examinations for the first time.

What’s coming up in Term 4? Year 8 staff and students will be looking forward to being away all week on their annual camp to Queenstown. In anticipation of moving to Alert Level One, whole school Assemblies will resume on Wednesdays. There is considerable interest in the Board of Trustees Student Representative election, which is exciting. The three candidates will address the school community at Assembly on Wednesday 20 October.

Practice NCEA examinations begin on Tuesday 26 October. These will be run under NZQA examination conditions and may be used for derived grades if required. It is important that Senior students give these their very best efforts, as these will gauge how well-prepared students are for their Externals. Learning Conferences will be held immediately after the practice examinations to provide feedback and feedforward. Please put the date in your calendars – Friday 5 November.

With events compacted in Term 4, the Music Cup will now be a combined Junior and Senior event, which will take place on Tuesday 2 November. Inauguration Day (for students new to the school in 2022) will still be held on its original date of Saturday 6 November.

With NCEA examinations now beginning two weeks later than usual (22 November), we have had to rearrange our usual end of year functions. There are now two prizegiving’s, with the Senior Prizegiving set for the evening of 16 November in the new gymnasium. Prior to this, there will be a final Chapel Service and morning tea for Year 13 students and their families on Tuesday morning 16 November, beginning at 9am.

The two Carol Services will be held in December – Wednesday 8 December – the Junior Service in the afternoon, and a Senior Service for all school families that same evening. While this is still in the midst of NCEA examinations, senior students and members of the wider school community are warmly invited to attend.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa



Newsletter 23 September 2021 Term 3 week 9

Topics covered in this communication

  • Board of Trustees September Meeting
  • Winter Sports Season – thank you!

Board of Trustees September Meeting
Chairperson Mrs René Crawford warmly welcomed newly co-opted member Mrs Cath Booth to the Board of Trustees. Cath is an accountant whose skills will be invaluable both on the Board and as a member of the Board of Trustees Finance Committee.

HOD Technology Mrs Katy Gray presented the triennial report for the Technology Department. She began by acknowledging the years of service to the school by recently retired teacher, Mrs Barbara Morris. Mrs Morris saw the Technology Department through huge technological changes in her time, evolving from being the “typing teacher” to becoming an expert in the teaching of Digital Technologies in a rapidly changing world. We currently offer Graphics, Design (Soft Materials) and Digital Technology. All technology courses have consistently high rates of achievement. The Technology Department continues to be dynamic and flexible, accommodating students’ individuals learning needs. Programmes are folio and project-based, centred around each student’s personalisation of the brief, which builds the necessary skills, work ethic and independence. The ultimate aim is to become the school of choice for Digital education in South Canterbury.

The Board spent some time discussing our response to the short notice lockdown on 17 August. This was viewed very favourably by the board members, who represent our parent’s perspective. As with any situation, we always seek to improve our systems, which were a little different from the last lockdown.

Mrs Crawford thanked outgoing Student Representative Ms Nikita Bent for her commitment over the past year. Having grown in the role and learned much about school governance, Nikita has represented the student voice in a mature and considered manner. We hope that Nikita will be able to utilise the skills she has gained in the future. Nikita will be replaced by a new Student Representative following the upcoming elections. Please encourage your daughter to consider putting her name forward for this wonderful governance opportunity.

Finally, Ms Hearn shared plans for a refresh of our school uniform. This was based on a comprehensive review, feedback and in consultation with parents and students through 2019. We are always conscious of the cost to families when purchasing uniform items, which must be smart, fit for purpose and durable. New options will include a tunic for Year 7 & 8 students, a long pants option in addition to our shorts, and a weatherproof jacket.

Conclusion to Winter Sports season
Moving to Alert Level 2 allowed a number of finals games to be played to bring to conclusion the COVID-interrupted winter sports season. Congratulations to all our teams who were competitive right to the end, with several teams finishing in the top tier of their respective competitions. Involvement in sports takes a huge amount of time and commitment. We are so appreciative of those who volunteer to coach, manage and/or administer our teams, under the leadership of Craighead Sports Director Kayla Cunningham, and the Craighead Sports Advisory Council. Thank you to everyone involved – we are very grateful for the sporting opportunities provided for our students, and for the support of our families, whānau and staff.

Enjoy the long weekend!

Newsletter 16 September 2021 Term 3 Week 8

Topics covered in this communication

  • NZQA Learning Recognition Credits
  • Te wiki o Te Reo Māori
  • Year 7-9 Ski Trip

It is lovely for us all to be back on site for a full week of teaching and learning as we look toward completing Term 3. We are very pleased that NZQA made a change to its policy and announced that schools which have been affected by closures for 16 school days or more are now eligible for Learning Recognition Credits. While we sit at 16 COVID-disrupted days, this is especially important for schools/kura who have been impacted by recent natural disasters – such flooding or damage from high winds in the Canterbury region, in addition to the Alert Level 4 lockdown period.

Te wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week): The theme for this year is Kia Kaha Te Reo Māori – Let’s make the Māori language strong. As part of our new Strategic Plan, improving Cultural Capabilities has been one of our key goals for 2021 and beyond. Our teaching staff has engaged in regular Professional Learning sessions facilitated by Kia Tika te Ara personnel during Terms 2 and 3. The focus is on developing understanding of Te Ao Māori with the aim of creating better experiences for our rangatahi (young people). Some teachers have joined the sessions being held at Mountainview High School on Tuesday evenings, while several others have completed online Te Reo courses. This week, students have been testing their skills using crosswords and word searches in their Whānau groups. We hope they are trying new Te Reo words and phrases with you at home. It was exciting to see the support for the initiative from Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission) which encouraged all New Zealanders to stop and take a moment for Te Reo Māori. Apparently over 1,133,000 people took part at midday on Tuesday.

With all the recent disruption to school activities, it was an absolute pleasure to join the Year 7, 8 and 9 students and staff on their combined ski trip to Round Hill on Wednesday. The weather was perfect, and we had a great day. Trips such as these are huge undertakings in terms of organisation, and even more problematic in these uncertain times. Huge thanks go to organisers Mrs Sonia Ottley and Mrs Susan Tregenza, and to all the staff who assisted. The Round Hill staff are to be commended for the lovely way they coped with our long queue at the Ski Hire Shed, and for providing very enjoyable ski lessons. Our students had a lot of fun enjoying being outdoors together and relishing the opportunity to learn or improve their snow skills.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa

Newsletter 9 September 2021 Term 3 Week 7

Topics covered in this communication

  • Welcome back
  • Rescheduling of school events and functions
  • NZQA, subject selection and learning conferences

Return to school – Delta Alert Level 2: It was lovely to walk around the school today, listening to the sound of excited chatter again. We have certainly missed having our young women around. Delta Alert Level 2 Health and Safety protocols are in place and all visitors to the school must use the main office entrance, sign in, sanitise, and wear a mask or face covering. Bubbles no longer exist in a school setting. Although masks are not mandatory for staff and students in schools, we encourage students to use them when and where appropriate. We have plenty of hygiene products readily available. The school dining room operates separately under the regulations of our catering service provider, Spotless.

Our focus is on regathering as a school community, reconnecting with each other and looking to achieve as much as possible in the remaining time, especially for our Seniors as they look towards preparing for their NCEA examinations. There will be some sporting activities resuming, which will allow the 2021 winter sports season to conclude, held under strict conditions to ensure the safety of all involved. Please note that we follow the direction and guidance of our Regional Sports Manager Mr Shaun Campbell, who is also the Aoraki Secondary Schools Sport Director.

Rescheduling of school events and functions Term Three:  Please note that we have made the following changes to scheduled school events for Term Three

  • Sunday 12 September – Confirmation Service cancelled (restrictions on gathering size of indoor events which usually have an ‘outside’ audience)
  • Thursday 30 – September Lip Synch cancelled (same reason as above)
  • Friday 1 October – Learning conferences have been rescheduled for immediately after NCEA practice examinations – now to be held on Friday 5 November to give ‘feedforward’ for upcoming external examinations.
  • The Inter-Whānau Jump Jam competition has been cancelled.

Please read the latest information provided by Ms Hearn on NZQA examinations, subject selection for 2022 and the rescheduling of learning conferences. Thank you for assisting us with a smooth return to school. A number of our families have to travel some considerable distance.

Ka kite ono


Newsletter 2 September 2021 – Term 3 Week 6

Topics covered in this communication

  • Return to school when the Alert level changes
  • NZQA and NCEA information
  • Rescheduling of school events and functions    

Return to school – Alert Level 2: Spring is now here, and we eagerly anticipate the announcement of a move to Alert Level 2, when on-site schooling may resume. At this stage, we do not know of any changes the Ministry of Health may make to existing specifications for ensuring personal health and safety at Level 2, but we will respond by adapting our procedures accordingly. We are required to have a Health and Safety Plan for each change in Alert Level – Assistant Principal Mr Andrew Jones has provided a summary here for Level 2 (see below) if you wish to see what ours involves.

NZQA and NCEA examinations: NZQA is working very hard behind the scenes to make sure that students are treated fairly throughout the 2021 assessment process for NCEA Levels 1 -3. This is particularly crucial for those students in Years 12 and 13, where the stakes may be higher in terms of entry to desired University courses in the future. Curriculum Leader Ms Lara Hearn is keeping track of all the updates/changes to NCEA dates, moderation procedures and requirements, and overall assessment. She will keep us fully informed about what we (students, staff and families/whānau) need to know. Please read the section below for more information.

Rescheduling of school events and functions: Assuming we go to Level 2 shortly, we will try and run as many school events as possible, keeping within Ministry of Health guidelines for schools.  It is likely that we may only have 3 weeks left of teaching in Term 3, so we are endeavouring to use this for maximising teaching and learning time, rather than squeeze in all our usual in-school activities. So, some events will be cancelled, whereas others will be moved to Term 4 – such as the Music Cup, which is now rescheduled for Week One (Wednesday and Thursday 20/21 October). In my letter to families this week, I have already signalled changes to other key school events – such as the Senior Prizegiving now set for Tuesday 16 November, which is the last school day for students in Years 11-13, prior to NCEA examinations beginning on Monday 22 November. In addition, the School Colours/Sports Assembly, originally planned for Wednesday 27 October, will be incorporated into the two Prizegivings (Senior and Junior), which will allow more of our families/whānau to watch and celebrate these fine achievements with us, in front of a larger appreciative audience. Please amend these dates on your calendars.

He waka eke noa – a canoe which we are all in, no exception: I am going to repeat myself here, but I would like to thank everyone for their support over the past two weeks. These are certainly challenging times as we juggle work and learning from home. Overall, engagement in learning has been very encouraging, for which we thank our students, their families/whānau and staff. We know that each student will be at a different place with her learning, depending upon her home situation and level of motivation. Some of our students may be in the workforce or working at home on farms, so will be doing their best to keep up with their schooling. Our thoughts and prayers are with Northern communities, as they face more time in Level 4. Roll on Monday’s announcement.

God Bless – E te atua manaaki – Lindy Graham


Newsletter 26 August 2021 – Term 3 Week 5

Tēnā koutou katoa e te whānau o Craighead –

Topics covered in this communication

  • Return to school if the Alert levels change
  • Attendance register
  • Cancelation of Cadenza and The Big Sing

Return to school – Alert Levels 3 or 2
Kia ora tatou – we hope that the online learning is going well, and that our students have settled into good routines. We have tried to be realistic about our expectations of work completion and know that many students are very busy helping out at home. Senior students will be able to use the skills they developed last year in terms of managing their online learning and for meeting those important assessment requirements. Please check on progress at home and provide reassurance if there is any anxiety. We have provided online learning opportunities for all year levels and there should be regular contact with core teaching staff. Our Wellbeing Website is an amazing resource for students and parents/caregivers, and our Instagram page provides some daily entertainment. If you have any concerns, please contact the Head of Department or the Dean.

The Ministry of Education now has additional learning materials available, if you wish to access, which include online teaching and learning resources (with guidance for parents). You can find these on the Learning from Home and Ki te Ao Marama websites.

What happens next? While we await the announcement on Friday afternoon, it is looking possible that the South Island will move to Alert Level 3. At Alert Level 3 (Restrict), young people should remain learning from home. Any young person (in Years 1-10 only) who has parents considered to be ‘Essential Service’ workers and who is not able to supervise at home by an appropriate person can attend school. This applies to Day students only as our Boarding House remains a bubble for our Internationals and Gap students.  All students will be expected back on the physical school site at Alert Levels Two (Reduce) and One (Prepare). If your daughter requires onsite supervision during the school day, please contact Assistant Principal Mr Andrew Jones.

Changes to NZQA and the school end of year – last evening NZQA announced an extension to the external NCEA examination period, which now finishes on December 14th. Clearly this will impact on existing end of year scheduled school events, which we will need to work our way through. Please read the information provided by Ms Lara Hearn our Curriculum Leader, detailing the changes signalled by NZQA.

 Just a reminder about the attendance codes being used in Level 4 that you will see in the KAMAR Portal. Under this Alert Level, students are learning from home and will be marked as F (this includes students who are self-isolating) If students are sick, they should be marked as M. This is important for the school to know about, even if students are at home, in case of the need for derived grades. Please let the school office know if your daughter has been sick, and would have been unable to attend school, since we went into Alert Level 4 lockdown. Longer illnesses will need a doctor’s certificate for verification. If in doubt, please contact Ms Hearn.

Official cancellation of Cadenza and The Big Sing
The NZCF governance board and The Big Sing committee have spent the past week carefully considering the feasibility of The Big Sing Finale and South Island Cadenza being postponed to another date within this academic year. they have considered numerous factors, including:

  • uncertainty around the length of the Level 4 lockdown and how long it might take each region in the country to return to Level 1
  • the academic pressure on students as they eventually return to in-person classes after the lockdown, considering the short amount of time left in the academic year
  • lost rehearsal time for choirs
  • availability of venues
  • difficulties and costs involved in choirs rebooking accommodation and flights

Taking the many factors into consideration, they have come to the disappointing conclusion that we must fully cancel the Finale and South Island Cadenza in 2021. We know that this will be very disappointing for our Craighead Choir, but understandable in the current climate.




Newsletter 19 August 2021 – Term 3 Week 4:

Tēnā koutou katoa e te whānau o Craighead –

Topics covered in this communication

  • Lockdown response and support
  • Cancellation of Cadenza
  • Winter Tournament Week

Lockdown – Alert Level 4: Learning of the announcement of the New Zealand-wide lockdown at 6.20pm on Tuesday evening certainly proved a challenge as we sought to ensure that all members of our school community could return home before the 11.59pm deadline. Huge thanks to our Boarding families for their swift response in picking up their daughters, and to those who assisted with their transportation home. Fortunately, we had an inkling of this possibility in the days leading up to the announcement, but it was certainly more rapid than anticipated. There was a flurry of activity around the school as students and staff ran around collecting their devices and classroom materials to be able to continue working from home! We are very grateful to the Boarding House and Kitchen staff who are now rostered to provide support for those remaining on site. They are following all Alert Level 4 health and safety guidelines within our Boarding House bubble.

As with the lockdown in 2020, we have moved to on-line learning. All classes are well set up to manage this through Google Classroom. We are mindful that everyone’s situation is different – especially those families who have young children in the home, limited access to devices or wifi, or who have family members classified as essential workers. For this week, we have kept our communications with students to a minimum, to reduce the feeling of ‘overwhelm’, while we adjust to learning from home again. If the lockdown continues, there will be more information provided, such as the Parent Guide (link). In the meantime, it is good to balance home learning with taking breaks to do exercise and/or activities around the home. The Craighead Student Wellbeing website can be accessed via: a link (look for the waterlily) on this newsletter main page under the calendar, a link (look for the waterlily) is also on the home page of our school website.

What happens next? Advice from the Ministry of Education states that the extremely contagious nature of the Delta variant and the intention to stamp it out does mean that Health advice is very cautious. Having noted that the Delta variant is more contagious between people, it does not behave any differently on hard surfaces and therefore going into classrooms and back to school is fine. At Alert Level 3 (Restrict), children and young people should learn from home. Any young person (in Years 1-10 only) who does not have supervision at home by an appropriate person can attend their service or school. All students will be expected back on the physical school site at Alert Levels Two (Reduce) and One (Prepare).

Cancellation of Cadenza 22-23 August : The NZ Choral Federation have announced that the South Island Cadenza cannot go ahead as planned. This was being hosted by Craighead, with the Monday evening concert scheduled to be held at the Sacred Heart Basilica. Cadenza can only take place if we are at Alert Level 1 and with the growth in cases and places of interest, including the possibility of transmission in the South Island, it means that even if the rest of NZ moved out of Level 4 on Saturday, we will certainly be at least in Level 2 and therefore Cadenza cannot go ahead. The Choral Federation acknowledge that this will be hugely disappointing for all schools involved. They are still hoping to explore alternative options by ascertaining how many schools would be able to consider another date, and what dates might work best. We sincerely thank Ms Liu, Mr Kane and Mr Pahl for all the work they have put into organising the Cadenza to date.

Winter Tournament Week beginning 28 August: Schools have received the following notification from School Sport New Zealand regarding the possibility of Winter Tournament Week being in doubt. We will keep you updated on any developments as soon as possible.

With the country in Alert level 4 until Saturday 21st August, and Auckland/Coromandel until Wednesday 25th August, our timelines for making decisions are short with Winter Tournament Week starting on Saturday 28th August across the country. For clarity, no school sport is permissible at Level 3 or higher. We will provide updates to all schools, school sport offices, and event providers as soon as we possibly can, and we are working with key stakeholders as further information comes to hand. Unfortunately, we face the real possibility of having to postpone Winter Tournament Week in its traditional format for a second year. This will be particularly tough on those senior students who missed out last year and I am mindful that our decisions over the next few days will impact on them greatly. However, with around 30,000 students set to move around the country from next Saturday, participating in events with more than 1000 people present in some cases, ensuring our decision making is in line with the intent of the MOH and Government during a pandemic is fundamental. We have adopted a ‘play it safe’ mentality through our previous decision-making process with the mantra that school sport cannot be the vehicle for community transmission.


Newsletter 12 August 2021 – Term 3 Week 3

This past week has been a challenging one for South Canterbury Secondary schools, given the tragic car accident which caused the loss of five lives last Saturday night. Timaru is a relatively small community, so we all know people impacted by this tragedy. No matter the circumstances, we must support those families, whānau and friends who are directly or indirectly affected. The schools most closely involved have been humbled by the amount of support and aroha they have received. Healing and recovery will be different for everyone, and it will take time. We held a minute’s silence to reflect upon the loss of these five young men and to also reflect on the sad loss of several of our own school community members this week. Our thoughts and prayers are with those families. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

Winter Quadrangular Tournament 8-10 August
The annual Winter Quadrangular Tournament took place on Monday and Tuesday of this week, featuring Netball, Badminton, Hockey and Debating. This was hosted by St Margaret’s College, who also kindly billeted many of our students. The weather on Sunday and Monday was atrocious. All students displayed such a positive attitude, especially the Hockey teams who played outdoors at the new Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub Wigram – in rain, hail, and snow. Being a much smaller school, we can struggle to compete against the larger city schools, but all our teams improved markedly over the two days – which is good preparation for upcoming tournaments. Thanks to our Sports department for their organisation and to our coaches, managers, and parents for taking time away from work to support our teams.

Mr Ross Wells, retiring BOP Member and Mrs Nicky Hyslop, BOP Chair


Board of Proprietors August Meeting

Mr Ross Wells finished his time with the Board of Proprietors after 15 years of incredible service to the school, most recently as the Chair of the BOP Finance Committee. Ross has seen considerable changes during his tenure on the Board and he will be missed for his institutional knowledge, wisdom, sense of humour and expertise in assisting the Board make good decisions on school financial matters. As Synod Representative, Ross will be replaced by Rev. Ben Randall of St Mary’s Church, Timaru. We wish Ross and Virginia all the best with their retirement to Wanaka.

After a long association with catering company Spotless, the Board of Proprietors has signed a new contract with Cater Plus. We are looking forward to working with the new personnel, under the leadership of Mr Mike Sellwood and his team. All existing kitchen and cleaning staff are protected by law, and we expect a smooth transition between companies before 2 January 2022. After researching into what qualities we are looking for in our catering company, we noted that compared to similar schools, our kitchen facilities are very tired and almost no longer fit for purpose. We are excited to announce that the Board of Proprietors has now approved a total refurbishment of the kitchen and replacement of the dining room furniture, with the addition of a uni-sex toilet facility located off the dining room. Craighead Connect (formerly Parents and Friends) has donated $20,000 towards the cost of replacing our dining room furniture, which is fantastic.

Ms Fi McQuade

Development Manager, Ms Fi McQuade has now left us to take up a full-time position with the Mackenzie District Council. We wish her all the best in this new role as Manager: Commercial and Property. Uniform Shop Manager and BOP member Mrs Tracy McLeod will take over all email communications pertaining to the Development Manager role while we source a replacement, including all communications about the Old Girls Reunion in October.







Newsletter 5 August 2021 – Term 3 Week 2

School Formal 30 July: The weather was perfect for the Craighead Formal on Friday evening. As always, our guests arrived in style, and were welcomed to the venue by an appreciative crowd at the walk-in. The venue looked superb, the food was in theme (“Gatsby”), and the behaviour of attendees was exemplary. We had an excellent evening, which made it a real pleasure for staff to attend in support. Thanks to the Social Committee, under the leadership of Chairperson Annabelle Scott, supported by Ms Dawe, Ms Morgan and parents, for their organisation of this very important event. It was lovely to have some of our ‘regulars’ return even after their daughters have left Craighead, to support the handover of responsibilities to our next set of parents.


Whānau Hui – 3 August: Thanks to the families and staff who attended our second Whānau hui on Tuesday evening. While numbers were low, we enjoyed hearing the Kapa haka perform, talking about the Te Reo journey our teaching staff are undertaking this year with the support of Kia Hika te Ara (Naresha Waa and Haami Rahui), and taking the opportunity to gather student voice.  In small groups we discussed; what we are doing well in terms of supporting Māori learners, what could be improved, how could our physical environment be enhanced and our next steps regarding the schools’ relationship with Whānau. These ideas and suggestions will be collated and used to inform our future directions. The evening concluded with an opportunity to mix, mingle, and enjoy superb finger food provided by Chef Anna. We warmly invite all our Māori families and Whānau (students and their parents) to join us at the third Whānau Hui, to be held on Thursday 11 November at 6pm at Craighead. This will involve a traditional hangi.

Co and extra-curricular activities: A large number of our students are involved in a wide range of co and extra-curricular activities, both during the week and in the weekends. We very much enjoy following their progress – thanks to families who keep us up to date – we love to profile efforts and successes, and always appreciate when photos are sent in. Thank you!

Winter Quadrangular Tournament Sunday to Tuesday 8-10 August : Best wishes to our teams competing in the annual Winter Quadrangular Tournament which begins this Sunday evening. This is being hosted by St Margaret’s College this year, with Craighead, Columba College and St Hilda’s Collegiate School taking part. Thanks to our Coaches, Managers and parents for supporting our teams, and to our Sports department for their organisation.

Accord Teacher-Only Day Friday 13 August: The third Accord Teacher Only Day (negotiated with the Ministry of Education by the teacher unions, NZEI and PPTA), is being held in this region on Friday 13 August. The focus for the day is on the changes proposed to NCEA Level One. This gives teaching staff the opportunity to meet in regional curriculum clusters to discuss the proposed changes in their respective learning areas, with view to planning for 2022 and beyond. The five Timaru secondary schools are each hosting one or more specific learning areas for the morning, with teachers from all the Aoraki Secondary schools attending. In the afternoon, teachers will return to their own schools to plan how to implement these changes into their teaching and learning programmes. This means that our students will have an extra-long weekend – a good chance to rest or catch up on schoolwork!

God Bless – E te atua manaaki – Lindy Graham


Term 3 Week 1

Welcome back to Term Three – our winter term! With July almost behind us, we can look forward to longer days and the prospect of warmer temperatures to come. Again, this term will be busy with numerous sporting, cultural and social activities planned. It is exciting to follow the progress of our three Craighead Old Girls who are currently competing at the Tokyo Olympics. Natalie Rooney is up first with her Shooting, then Emma Dyke in the Women’s Rowing Eight, with Lauren Bruce competing in the Athletics Hammer Throw next week. We wish them all the very best in their various endeavours!

Staffing changes from Term 3
Further to the teaching staff changes from last term, we warmly welcome Miss Lucy Barrett, a UK trained Drama teacher, who will take over most of Mrs Towle’s Drama classes, with the support of Mrs Whittington (Acting HOD Drama). Mr Jarrod Rayner, a New Zealand trained teacher of Art who has been teaching in International Schools for the past 10 years, has joined our Art Department as a specialist teacher of Art and Photography. Development Manager Ms Fi McQuade has accepted a full-time position as Manager: Property and Commercial, with the Mackenzie District Council. We congratulate Fi and wish her all the best in her new role, beginning mid-August.

School Formal – 30 July
The School Formal is taking place this Friday at the Landing Services Building. Thanks to the Social Committee, under the leadership of Annabelle Scott, Ms Dawe and Ms Morgan and the parents involved. We appreciate the huge amount of effort that has gone into ensuring a fabulous, stylish evening – with its “Gatsby” theme! This begins with the walk-in at 7.30pm.

Whānau Hui – 3 August
Our second Whānau Hui is scheduled for Tuesday 3 August. This will begin at 5.30pm in the Unwin library with a welcome by our full Kapa haka group. While our first Whānau Hui focussed on connecting with our Māori families (meeting with and sharing our vision) this hui is for gathering information on how best support our Māori learners. We will then break into small groups to seek feedback from students and their families/whanau, which will inform our future planning. We warmly invite all our Māori whānau (students and their parents) to join us, and also extend an invitation to those staff and parents who are interested in attending and supporting increasing our cultural responsiveness. This will conclude by 7pm with a prior opportunity to mix, mingle, and enjoy some finger food and a beverage.


Term 2 Week 10

Manaaki House Choirs:

Last Friday, the full House Choirs competed for honours, having put a lot of effort in to perfecting their set piece – Nga Whakamoemiti – and a song of choice from the 80’s. The final performances were tūmeke (awesome) and of very high quality. Well done to those who led, conducted, played and sang. Arts Leaders: Payge Ovenstone and Zoe Walker did a great job as Masters of Ceremonies, and we are grateful to the judge, Ms Lee Parcell, Head of Music at Timaru Boys High school. Congratulations to Te Raki for taking out first place, with Te Tonga a close second. Thanks to all students who made this event such a pleasure to watch!

Staffing changes from Term 3:
Further to the teaching staff changes we announced last week, we are pleased to inform our students and families/whānau that Mrs Glenys Whittington will be Acting HOD Drama for the remainder of the 2021 school year. Ms Lucy Barrett, a UK trained Drama teacher, has accepted a long-term relieving position teaching the other Drama classes along with Mrs Whittington. Mr Jarrod Rayner, a New Zealand trained teacher of Art who has been teaching in International Schools for the past 10 years, will join our Art Department from the beginning of Term 3.
There may be some other minor modifications to students timetables to make these changes work, and with the second semester subjects beginning in Term 3.

Tokyo Olympics, 23 July–8 August:
Two Craighead Old Girls are competing in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, which begin on 23 July. Emma Dyke will competing in the Women’s Rowing Eight and Lauren Bruce in the Hammer Throw. Both have done incredibly well to be named in the New Zealand Olympic squad – Emma had the resilience and determination to train a full year longer than anticipated with the Games pushed out by one year because of the pandemic, while the extra year gave Lauren the chance to qualify. We wish them all the very best!

School Formal – 30 July:
One of the most anticipated events on the school social calendar is the School Formal. This will take place at the Landing Services Building on Friday 30 July. We appreciate the effort that is going on behind the scenes by staff, parents and the Formal Committee, to ensure a fabulous, stylish evening – with its “Gatsby” theme! Annabelle Scott, Year 13, is Chair of the Formal Committee.

Whānau Hui – 3 August:
Our second Whānau hui is scheduled for Tuesday 3 August. This will begin at 5.30pm in the Unwin library with a welcome by our full Kapahaka group. While our first Whānau Hui focussed on connecting with our Māori families (meeting with, and sharing our vision) this hui is for gathering information on how best to support our Māori learners. We will then break into small groups to seek feedback from students and their families/whānau, which will inform our future planning. We warmly invite all our Māori whānau (students and their parents/caregivers) to join us, and also extend an invitation to those staff and families who are interested in attending and supporting increasing our cultural responsiveness.

Cadenza (South Island) – 22/23 August:
The Craighead Choir has just been announced as one of the twelve choirs from the South Island area to be invited to attend The Big Sing Cadenza concert, being held here in Timaru on 22/23 August. The Choir will be required to present four songs – one each from the three categories as outlined in The Big Sing Categories of Musical Styles and one of their own choice from any of the categories. This event will take place at both the Craighead Auditorium and Sacred Heart Basilica. This is very exciting news – congratulations to Ms Liu and Mr Kane

Mid-Year Break:
The three week break allows time to rest up after such a busy term. We wish everyone a good holiday, hopefully able to spend quality time with friends, family and Whānau.

God Bless – E te atua manaaki – Lindy Graham