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The school that makes a difference Timaru New Zealand

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Strength Spirit Success Strength Craighead Diocesan School is one of the outstanding girls’ schools of New Zealand. We work to our strengths. Whether it is in academic, sporting or cultural activities, Craighead ranks with the very best. Our NCEA results are exceptional. The relationship between the staff and students is built upon a combination of innovative learning and traditional values. Academic ability is nurtured with emphasis upon the pursuit of excellence in all endeavours, and the school is recognised for this. Spirit The Special Character of the School is based on the Christian faith in the Anglican tradition with a strong sense of values. The students are mature beyond their years, with a discerning intellect and a sincere empathy for local, national and global communities. Success The Craighead girls of today will become the leaders of tomorrow.

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Academic Programme Years 7 & 8 Girls are provided with outstanding learning opportunities with specialist teachers for Languages, Science, Drama, Technology and Physical Education. Home room form teachers provide the core curriculum subjects of English, Social Studies, Mathematics. They also keep a close eye on students, offering counselling and care as required. Each International Student is supported in her learning by an in-class tutor and individual ESOL (English as a Second Language) tutoring until she is able to be fully integrated in the mainstream classroom. Class sizes are small and students assisted to become independent and self-motivated learners. Students progress through to the senior school as confident learners in the supportive Craighead environment.

Years 9 & 10 Students have a comprehensive compulsory subject selection, as well as optional subjects like art and music. Students experience from a wide range of arts, design and technology, social, science and business based subjects, preparing them for the choices they make for NCEA examinations in the senior school. ESOL lessons as one to one or small groups give language support for all international students.

Years 11 to13 All students take the internationally recognised NCEA examinations. Craighead has exceptional NCEA results – amongst the very best in New Zealand -and all long term International Students leave with NCEA qualifications.

The girls are assisted with individual course planning and their progress is regularly monitoring, with appointments and interviews with the International Student Director. Subject selection is based on future tertiary courses and the university entrance requirements for both New Zealand and international universities. International students who have graduated from Craighead have successfully graduated from universities in New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Canada, Switzerland and USA. Current curriculum choices are available on the school website. (

The Craighead Experience Programme Students can choose Craighead for a shorter term of between three months to a year and experience language learning and cultural education in a stimulating and interactive environment. Students develop confidence, independence, social skills, language and an understanding of the unique “Kiwi” culture. They also take part in a wide range of extra-curricular activities including sport, music and out of school activities including skiing, golf, sailing, horse riding, music lessons, and an extensive sports programmes. It’s a winning combination of personal development, learning and fun! Girls make new friends and fully integrate into the life of the school. Craighead has a supportive learning environment and is a progressive, dynamic and high achieving school.

Craighead Accommodation Craighead has a proud tradition of Boarding. Since 1911, girls have lived on site in the attractive, park-like grounds. The Boarding House is a special place, where girls develop lifelong friends, become part of community and really develop a sense of extended family. The modern facilities and brand new senior wing, completed in July 2014, offers girls state of the art accommodation. There is 24 hour supervision by experienced house matrons in a caring and homely environment. During the week, themed evenings, boarding events, access to the onsite swimming pool, crafts and weekend activities and trips lead to a busy and fun-filled boarding programme. Rooms for junior students may have 4 beds, 2 beds or single rooms. Senior students share 2 bed or single rooms and all Year 13 students have single rooms with shared ensuite. Well balanced, tasty and healthy meals are provided. At weekends, international students are encouraged to share food experiences from their own countries with other boarders, taking the lead in cooking and food preparation. Supervised homework or “prep” time each night allows all girls to study and complete tasks for class the next day. Contact with parents and family is encouraged and students have access toWi-fi, Skype and phone calls to family at home. Homestay is also arranged by the school, with a network of reliable and experienced homestay providers. Students are matched to families and holiday homestays during term holidays are also arranged by the school. The providers offer a taste New Zealand family life and girls really enjoy becoming part of active, caring and kind Craighead families.


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Pastoral Care The care and well-being of the international students is the prime focus of the International Student Director ,Mrs Julie McLean. She meets with the students several times each week, organises their health requirements, liaises with Agents, family members, homestay families and the Boarding House, as well as oversees the academic programme for each student. The school philosophy is to ensure that each student has access to guidance and support and is looked after in a personal and caring way. Craighead has a well-recognised history of providing excellent pastoral care, confirmed by the Education Review Office in 2013. All students are met at Christchurch International Airport at the beginning of the year and transfers are organised for return trips home. The 3 week mid-year holidays see most students return home to see family and friends.

A Day in Aoraki/South Canterbury Craighead is sited in Timaru, the centre of the Aoraki/South Canterbury region. It is a safe and friendly town, with a population of 32,000 people. Situated on the east coast of the scenic South Ialand, it is also the gateway to the great outdoors of Aorak/ South Canterbury….with easy access to skiing, mountain biking, tramping and hiking, horse trekking, ice skating, soaking in the Tekapo hot pools and day spa rafting, visiting the penguin colony in Oamaru, journeying to Mt Cook/Aoraki….all just under 2 hours away! Timaru also has a white sand beach with safe swimming at Caroline Bay, within comfortable walking distance from the school grounds. International students experience the real New Zealand with organised activities through School and Education South Canterbury and they also meet other students studying in the region. Education doesn’t finish at the classroom door. At Craighead, we take you into the outdoors to get up close and personal with hands on education. Immerse yourself

Craighead Diocesan School Wrights Avenue Timaru 7910 +64 3 688 6074

Mrs Phillipa Guerin Chair, Board of Proprietors 03 685 8980

Ms Lindy Graham Principal 03 688 6074

Dr William Rolleston Board of Proprietors 03 687 4050

Mr Michael Laws Development Manager 03 688 6074 027 453 5575 Š designed by Gala Kirke Original art work by Skyla May

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