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Feb 102012

2012 will be known as the year of change for the South Wairarapa’s secondary school, Kuranui College.

From a fresh new website ( to a brand new science and mathematics building, Kuranui is ringing the changes. Yet another major difference this year is the formation of junior leadership roles.

Kuranui Junior Leaders 2012

Kuranui Junior Leaders 2012: Connor Taumoepeau, Nicole Morgan, Toyah Churton, Emma Taumoepeau, Hannah Dare, Dylan Taylor, Bethany Patten and Walter Barber

Dylan Taylor, Junior Head Boy, explains: “We get to organise sports and cultural events for the junior college, as well as being the senior leaders’ back up. We also get to give ideas for the junior college.”

“Year 9’s feel more comfortable talking to us than approaching the senior students,” added cultural leader, Nicole Morgan.

Kuranui College is split into two schools, a senior and junior college. Junior classes are made up of traditional forms, whilst the senior students have vertical form classes, which mix up students from years 11, 12 and 13. It is hoped the new junior leadership roles will help to bring junior students closer together.

“It’s good to have a say; we can make a difference,” said events leader Hannah Dare.

Bethany Patten, Junior Head Girl and former Greytown School Head Girl, is keen to do a good job. “We believe being picked for these roles is a great achievement,” she explained. “We are going to put a 100% effort into doing this job the best we can for our school and hope to get as many junior students involved in the various activities that we are planning.”

The 2012 Junior Leaders are: Dylan Taylor & Bethany Patten (Head Students), Walter Barber & Toyah Churton (Sports Leaders), Emma Taumoepeau & Nicole Morgan (Cultural Leaders), Connor Taumoepeau & Hannah Dare (Events Leaders).