I feel very privileged to have been given the opportunity to be Te Tonga House Leader for 2022. From the very first moment I arrived at Craighead in 2018 as a nervous, yet extremely excited Year 9, I have immersed myself in a variety of academic, sporting, and extracurricular opportunities. These have helped to shape and develop me into the independent and curious young woman I am today. Craighead’s encouraging and supportive environment has allowed me to give new things a go without hesitation, discovering where my interests and passions lie. 

Throughout my five years at Craighead I have developed tools, qualities and values that will enable me to further grow and flourish beyond school. My involvement in sport has also allowed me to develop as an individual and build characteristics that will assist me in many areas of my life in the future. Throughout my time at Craighead I have been very fortunate to have made many lifelong connections and bonds with students from different age groups which I will forever cherish. 

As a Year 9 student, I always looked up to the Year 13 school leaders and aspired to be like them when I was older. They made a strong impression on me and while I may not remember the exact things they said to me, I still remember how they made me feel. They were extremely welcoming and very quickly made me feel at home in the boarding house and within the school. Now, five years later, I am very lucky to have the opportunity to provide the younger students with the support, care and encouragement that I received when I began my Craighead journey. 

Emma Wood

Te Tonga House Leader