I am very privileged to have been named as Craighead’s Deputy Cultural Leader for 2022. Alongside Heather Miller we have been encouraging Craighead students to become more culturally aware by setting up activities in the various language weeks in addition to the successful Kapa Haka. I enjoy bringing other cultures out into the open especially those that could go unseen throughout our school such as Pasifika cultures.  I also enjoy having the opportunity to teach the Kapa Haka new waiata and expand their knowledge as well as my own.

I have been fortunate enough to have experienced being both boarding and day girl. I came to Craighead as a small shy girl from the West Coast, I quickly discovered the opportunities that Craighead has to offer whether it has been sporting or cultural. Some of these opportunities that I have taken up in the 6 years that I’ve been at Craighead include playing hockey, touch, rugby, rowing, basketball and being part of the Kapa Haka. I have enjoyed the wide range of curricular and extracurricular activities that are on offer here, as well as all the staff being supportive and helping you get to where you want to go.

After Craighead, I want to go to Otago University to study first year Health Science to hopefully get into either medicine or physiotherapy. This is something that I have been working towards the whole time that I have been at high school. I also hope that after I finish my schooling, to spend some time overseas to explore the world and get some life experience. I am incredibly appreciative of all that Craighead has offered me in the time that I have been here.

Emily-Jane Clucas

Deputy Cultural Leader 2022