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Jul 212016
 

WBS (Wairarapa Building Society) are again donating a full scholarship – $4,100! – for attending Outward Bound.

“At WBS we take our commitment to the community seriously. That’s why we are giving one student aged 16-18 years the opportunity to participate in the Outward Bound Mind, Body and Soul 21 day course which takes place over summer of 2016/2017.”

Outward Bound Wbs

This is open to any Wairarapa secondary student, but applications must be received by 31st July 2017!

To apply, download the application form from their website.

Details about how to lodge your completed application with Vicki Thompson at the Masterton office are on the form.

Once again, references help. Last year they held interviews to determine the ideal candidate.

 

South Wairarapa Rotary has also donated $1,000 in contestable funds for a local student to attend Outward Bound.

In order to apply, please write to Marina Adamsmarina [at] adams [dot] net [dot] nz or phone her on 021 394 475.

Marina says:

If you are keen to go to Outward Bound, please speak up and we will help make it happen. I am happy to help anyone who is dedicated enough to fundraise.

There are other local clubs and trusts that will donate to a student who is committed enough to get out there and explain what they want to do and why.

There are a lot of groups out there who are committed to developing leadership capability in youth – but of course, it needs to be demonstrated, and how better to do so than to fund-raise for a goal like Outward Bound!

Jul 172016
 

Kuranui College Hekia Parata June 2016

Kuranui College has been praised by Minister of Education Hekia Parata for significant improvement in NCEA achievement over the past two years, particularly with Māori and Pasifika students.

Kuranui’s results have shown a marked improvement at all levels and at NCEA Level 1, for example, the pass rate rose from 66.1% in 2014 to 76.6% in 2015. The Māori student pass rate increased significantly from 48.7% to 76.2% during the same period.

In a letter sent to the Board of Trustees, Hon Parata says “Congratulations on your students’ success. This is a demonstration of the strength of your school’s community, and the quality of the work done by your Board of Trustees, school leadership, teaching and support staff, students and their families and whānau.

“The NZQA provisional results show your students have achieved significant improvement in NCEA levels 1, 2 and 3 over the past two years. They also show that this significant improvement has occurred in your Māori and Pasifika students’ achievement and that your overall achievement levels were above the New Zealand average for 2015.

“The results being achieved by Kuranui College clearly show the positive impact that great teachers and great schools can have on the achievement of their students, particularly those at risk of not achieving.

“Thanks to you and your colleagues for the strong leadership and delivery of great teaching. Your work makes a difference to the achievement, ongoing capability and resourcefulness of our young New Zealanders.

Kuranui College 2015 Day In The Life 102Kuranui Principal Geoff Shepherd is delighted to see the school’s success recognised in this way and believes that the Kia Eke Panuku (KEP) initiative, now in its second year, has had a significant impact. This innovative programme has as its goal the acceleration of Māori educational success. A key focus is working with schools to ensure that Māori students achieve success as Māori.

“The staff and students should be very proud of this achievement. They have worked extremely hard to make this happen,” he explained. “Collectively, the staff have had to rethink their approach in the classroom to ensure that their teaching is culturally responsive. They have made some very real changes to their pedagogy, by making it more relational, the learning more contextual and by expecting more from Māori students.

“They have also embraced tikanga Māori, and have attended weekly before-school sessions to learn haka pōwhiri, waiata, Te Reo pronunciation and other aspects of tikanga Māori.

“Our core values of Te Hiringa (determination), Manaakitanga (respect) Aroha (empathy), Mana Tangata (integrity) and Auahatanga (creativity) underpin everything we do.

Kuranui Values

“We are expecting more from Māori students: there is no more deficit thinking. KEP focuses on what we can do at the college. We cannot change what is happening at home, but we can change what happens at school.

Shepherd also acknowledges the importance of the Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) programme implemented by the college over the past five years. “We are working to bring both the PB4L and KEP work in line with each other. They are both about culturally-responsive philosophies, which are based on respect for each other and each other’s culture.”

You can download a pdf of the official letter here, or read the full text below.

 

Chris Giles
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Kuranui College
PO Box 121
Greytown 5712

Tēnā koe Mr Chris Giles

I’m writing to congratulate Kuranui College on the improvement in your students’ NCEA achievement over the past two years.

The NZQA provisional results show your students have achieved significant improvement in NCEA levels 1, 2, and 3 over the past two years. They also show that this significant improvement has occurred in your Māori and Pasifika students’ achievement and that your overall achievement levels were above the New Zealand average for 2015.

Congratulations on your students’ success.

Their success is a demonstration of the strength of your school’s community, and the quality of the work done by your Board of Trustees, school leadership, teaching and support staff, students’ and their families and whanau.

The results being achieved by Kuranui College clearly show the positive impact that great teachers and great schools can have on the achievement of their students, particularly those at risk of not achieving. These students gain the most from supportive school communities and expert education professionals. The Government believes strongly in this, and is establishing Communities of Learning to help facilitate the sharing of professional expertise and increase the number of students who benefit from it. We need successful schools like Kuranui College to
support and strengthen these Communities.

Achieving NCEA qualifications, particularly NCEA Level 2, opens a wide range of opportunities for students, whether through further study or employment. The Government aspires for all students to have these options. In our regional offices we are working closely with schools to help them identify and support those students who are at risk of not achieving NCEA qualifications, or have left formal education without them, to reach NCEA level 2 and access these opportunities.

Thanks to you and your colleagues for the strong leadership and delivery of great teaching. Your work makes a difference to the achievement, ongoing capability and resourcefulness of our young New Zealanders.

Heoi anō,
Hon Hekia Parata
Minister of Education

cc Mr Geoffrey Shepherd, Principal, Kuranui College

Kuranui College Improved Ncea Achievement 2015

Jul 082016
 

Kuranui 2nd XI are having a solid season and remain undefeated in pool play so far.

What has been most impressive to date is the team’s ability to pass the ball around and create opportunities through everyone doing their job well.

Co-captains Jacob Tregutha and Thomas Laybourn marshall the team and provide leadership.

Mack Regnault directs the midfielders superbly. He ensures centres give plenty of quality ball to leading goal-scorer Liam LaBett, who is well supported up front by Caleb Jones, Kirby Bradbury Mills and Jacob.

The back line is particularly solid thanks to the strong defense of Bas Muller and Patt Wannaphirun and excellent work by Cameron Wilson, Mason Bretherton and Billy Smith.

Henry Isaacs, Bailey Edney and Blake Hall round out the team of 15 and play a mixture of positions depending on the opposition and where we need them to be.

Max Basson is playing in his first year as goalie and does an excellent job when required!

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