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Aug 282013
 

Nick An Accidental HeroKuranui College, in partnership with the Kokomai Creative Festival, Wairarapa and PGG Wrightson, will be presenting Renee Lyons’ inspirational one-woman play ‘Nick: An Accidental Hero’.

Renee will take the audience through an incredible journey as she successfully weaves 12 years of a young man’s life, and the lives of those around him, by performing all the main characters in his story in just one hour. The event will be limited to 200 tickets as the Kuranui auditorium provides an intimate backdrop for a very special show.

‘Nick: An Accidental Hero’ is the story of Nick Chisholm, an adrenaline-fueled young kiwi from Dunedin, who took to the rugby pitch one day and subsequently suffered a series of cerebral strokes that locked him in his body. Although no longer able to move, speak or even eat without a tube, Nick is still all there, he’s mentally active, frustrated and very angry. He could have given up, but he didn’t, he took his body on through a gruelling gym routine that would have most able-bodied rugby players reeling.

Renee wrote the play after coming across Nick’s story on the internet and it would have been easy to write a sentimental piece of drama, but this is a far cleverer piece of work. Although the subject matter is serious, there are many comedy moments during her performance, as the show can’t help but make you cry and laugh out loud.

Directed by Abigail Greenwood, and with creative lighting from Jane Hakaraia and sound design from Alistair Deverick, the show has already graced theatres in Wellington and Auckland and is currently being performed at the Edinburgh Festival.

Kuranui Principal Geoff Shepherd is delighted that the college has the opportunity to present the play “We’re very privileged to be able to host Renee’s show as part of Wairarapa’s Creative Festival Kokomai. Nick’s story teaches us all a little something about endurance, perseverance and a love for life and Renee’s performances will give our drama students something to aspire to.”

Kokomai is a new creative festival bringing a diverse range of performance, spectacle and engagement to rural and urban neighbourhoods across the Wairarapa from 18-27 October 2013. ‘Nick: An Accidental Hero’ shows on Sunday 20 and Monday 21 October, tickets will be available through Dash tickets and at www.kokomai.co.nz from the 5th of September.

Aug 122013
 

(As seen in the Wairarapa Times Age, 12th August 2013)

Kuranui College horticulture students are planting the new industrial park on Bidwell Cuttings Road. From left: Kuranui College Year 11 students Finn Fowlds-Hartley, 15, and Greg Hilston, 15, with Karl Nesbitt, operations manager City Care in South Wairarapa.

Kuranui College horticulture students are planting the new industrial park on Bidwell Cuttings Road. From left: Kuranui College Year 11 students Finn Fowlds-Hartley, 15, and Greg Hilston, 15, with Karl Nesbitt, operations manager City Care in South Wairarapa.

Kuranui College students are planting trees and bedding down gardens at an industrial park across from their school as part of a joint project with City Care and Greytown Trust Lands Trust.

Gary Hall, Kuranui College deputy principal and horticulture teacher, said about 13 students last week started planting ornamental low maintenance flowering gardens at the Athol Ross premises at the Bidwells Cutting Road site.

The garden work will be shared with a roster of Year 11 and Year 12 classmates as building progresses at the industrial park.

The stretches of mulch bark gardens boast magnolia black tulip and magnolia little gem trees and dietes grandiflora plants, and students from the college will water, fertilise and care for the trees.

Participating students also will gain an NCEA standard in Level 2 Horticulture – Planting Trees and Shrubs, Mr Hall said, and the project is one of several that partners the school and Greytown Trust Lands Trust.

The trees are expected to survive for up to 40 years and the plants for up to half that period. Year 11 student Finn Fowlds-Hartley, 15, said he was looking forward to pointing out his work to his own children in years to come.

“It’ll be good to watch them change and grow and I can tell my own kids ‘I was a part of that’.”

College principal Geoff Shepherd said the school was “giving real consideration” to an offer from the trust of having a kitchen classroom or a trades workshop for Kuranui College students at the park that would also need to involve tertiary education.

Aug 082013
 

As seen in the Wairarapa Times-Age, 2nd August 2013

Kuranui College Year 12 student Shanice Young, 16, is combining work experience as a motorcycle mechanic at the Suzuki workshop at Fagan Motors in Masterton with her love of motocross racing. PHOTO: LYNDA FERINGA

Kuranui College Year 12 student Shanice Young, 16, is combining work experience as a motorcycle mechanic at the Suzuki workshop at Fagan Motors in Masterton with her love of motocross racing. PHOTO: LYNDA FERINGA

Two Kuranui College schoolgirls are chasing down careers in the automotive industry – on two wheels and four.

Motocross rider Shanice Young, 16, and her schoolmate Stephanie Morrison, 17, each started work experience last term at automotive repair workshops in Masterton.

Stephanie, of Masterton, helps out each Wednesday with car repairs and maintenance at the Eastwood Motor Group workshop and each Monday with similar jobs at Fagan Motors, where Wairarapa motocross rider Shanice Young, 16, also works on motorcycles at the Suzuki workshop.

Stephanie said she intends to carve out a career for herself in the industry but stops short of painting herself as a girl racer despite tacking a “not yet” to the self-appraisal.

“I own a Nissan Skyline but I’m not really a girl racer – not yet – not until I do a bit more to it anyway.”

The Year 13 student said her working days at the pair of garages most often comprise a watch and learn brief at the shoulders of full-time mechanics “and doing what they tell me to do”.

She is hoping to get similar work experience before the year ends and would jump at the chance to launch an apprenticeship in the trade.

Graeme Charters, Eastwood Motor Group workshop foreman, said Stephanie was the first female student to take up work experience at the garage in his two decades at the site and she was keen and “doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty”.

Shanice owns a Kawasaki KX85 and is “loving” her automotive work, which fits hand in glove with her status as the only female motocross rider in her age group and class in Wairarapa and Upper Hutt, the two regions where she has completed most of her competitive racing to date. The Wairarapa Motorcycle Club member earlier this year took first place after racing against “the boys” in the Wairarapa 85cc class and also won gold in the women’s up to 125cc class while racing against older riders on bigger machines.

She has just won sponsorship with Antidote4Insanity and off the track had also distinguished herself playing mixed grade rugby before taking up football.

Shanice is yet to tweak her racing machine herself, she said, but is gearing her work experience toward that day while helping out at Fagan Motors with quad bikes, kids’ machines, racing and touring class motorcycles.

Paul Clark, Suzuki workshop service manager, said the pair of Kuranui schoolgirls were the first work experience students accepted at Fagan Motors.

He was impressed with the work Shanice completed last term and was more than happy to take her back for a second term.

“She’s brilliant, has a great attitude and is keen to learn.”

Shanice would be a definite starter should an apprenticeship vacancy come up at the workshop in future, he said.

Kuranui College spokeswoman Catherine Rossiter-Stead said the two girls are among seven students from the school who are on automotive work experience this year of a full roster of 17 students working in trades that also include farming, carpentry and childcare.

You can also see the article in the Wairarapa Times-Age, 2nd August 2013

Aug 072013
 

To give people an idea what a day in the life of Kuranui looks like, we’ve had a page with some photos on our site for a while. It’s just been updated with brand new photos taken by Dave Lintott.

Here’s a sample: for more, visit A Day in the Life of Kuranui.

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