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Mar 302012

Lachie Preston won the Regional 3 secondary school tennis competition and Tristan Flutey was runner up last week. They both won Trev’s Sports vouchers. A mix of juniors and seniors play so it was pretty good for two Year 9 boys to win the boys section. About 40 kids from the Wairarapa played in the competition and were matched on ability.

Mar 292012

$450K Arts Boost For Kuranui

Kuranui Drama StudentsThe progressive redevelopment of Kuranui College will take another major step forward after the Ministry of Education (MOE) recently approved a $450,000 investment towards a brand new art facility.

Designed by Proarch Architects, the state-of-the-art complex will include two visual art rooms and two digital suites and will adjoin the existing college auditorium to create an extensive, purpose-built arts facility.

“After placing a major emphasis on science and mathematics with the building of our modern new Ruamahanga block, Kuranui is now extending its focus to the arts,” explained Principal Geoff Shepherd.

“Our drama department has blossomed in recent years, with a large number of students taking part in successful events such as the Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival. The students also pride themselves on their annual entry to Stage Challenge and we are extremely fortunate to have a wealth of talent within both our music and visual art classes.  This new facility will bring together drama, dance and music with visual art and photography in one location on the campus.

“Photography is becoming an increasingly popular subject choice amongst our students.  It forms the basis of many different career paths including digital imaging, which is now fundamental to many procedures and treatments in our hospitals. The inclusion of two digital suites is an indication of the changes in today’s technology and the emphasis we place on encouraging students to follow these types of innovative careers.”

The college still has to find additional funding to complete the project, as the MOE contribution will only cover the two rooms and the digital suites.

“We would like to see the inclusion of a gallery to display students’ work, a new drama room, a comprehensive backstage area and an upgrade of the sound and lighting systems in the auditorium,” continued Mr Shepherd. “To do this we will need to fundraise amongst the community, approach local businesses and apply for grants.”

Mar 272012


Congratulations again to Connor Henare and Toyah Churton in winning the triple jump titles in their respective age groups, and Chester Rothery for placing 5th in the shot put. All three athletes will now represent Wairarapa in the North Island Champs in Tauranga later in the month!


Kuranui athletes excelled at the Wairarapa Inter-Collegiate Championships!

  • Connor Henare won and set a new Wairarapa record in the Intermediate Boys triple jump with a distance of 12.40m and is also the Intermediate Boys high jump champion.
  • Chester Rothery won and set a new Wairarapa record of 12.22m in the Junior Boys shot put.
  • Toyah Churton won the Junior Girls long jump and triple jump.
  • Sinead Namana came second and Natasha Mills came 3rd in the Senior Girls long jump.
  • Kris Goodley was 2nd in the Intermediate long jump and brother Ben Goodley came 2nd in the Senior Boys triple jump.
  • Two Kuranui athletes reached finals in track events. Natasha Mills finished 2nd in the Senior Girls 200m and Jordan Yee was 5th in the Intermediate Boys 100m.
  • In the relays Kuranui College was placed 3rd in the Intermediate Boys, 2nd in the Senior Girls and 3rd in the Senior Boys.

High Jump


Mar 232012

Kuranui College - KOEA Makes A SplashDozens of Wairarapa primary school intermediate students have already benefited from the exciting programme on offer at Kuranui’s Outdoor Education Academy (KOEA).

Over the first week of the programme, students from South Featherston, St Teresa’s, Pirinoa and Kahutara schools visited the academy’s new outdoor centre in the Waiohine Valley, where they learnt about river safety, river crossings and how to build a raft.

Alice Bonne from St Teresa’s School didn’t let the weather stop her from enjoying the day. “We had a great time with Mr Beach and his team at the Waiohine Outdoor Centre.  My dad came and he enjoyed it as well.  The weather was cold, but we had some fun games and that warmed us up.  It was fun learning about river safety and building rafts.”

The day was also aimed at encouraging students to work together cooperatively through team building games and constructing the rafts, which were then floated on the Waiohine River.

“The feedback from students and teachers on this first module has been extremely positive and we are now looking forward to teaching camping and cooking skills,” said Kuranui Outdoor Education teacher, Glenn Beach.

“It was really enjoyable, although it was a bit scary on the raft we built, but I did it anyway and I’m I glad I did. It was a great day and I can’t wait until the next session,” Stacey Wood, Kahutara School.

“We built rafts and then tried to make them go down the river.  My group’s raft would not go and I jumped in the freezing water and towed it down stream.  It was fun.” Jordan Walker, St Teresa’s.

“Kids had an amazing time. They are all pumped up for the next one.” South Featherston School Principal, Margie Sutherland.

“We had beautiful weather, our instructors were very trustworthy and they knew what they were doing. I recommend this course to other primary students out there.” Sophie Taplin, Kahutara School.

Other schools interested in taking part in the KOEA programme, please contact Glenn Beach on 021 305 219 or beachgr [at] gmail [dot] com.

Mar 012012

With 90% of Greytown School’s Year 8 students now choosing Kuranui College for their Secondary Education, it makes sense to Greytown School Principal Kevin Mackay to liaise closely with the South Wairarapa college.

“To meet the requirements of the Technology Curriculum, a primary school needs to contract other schools to deliver parts of the programme where specialist equipment is necessary. For this reason, Greytown School has developed a partnership with Kuranui College.

“Greytown’s Year 7/8 children attend technology classes at the college for two hours a week and staff from both schools meet on a regular basis to ensure that the programmes being delivered at both schools complement each other. Kuranui is the only secondary school in the Southern Wairarapa and its Greytown location is a clear advantage.

“The close proximity of the schools makes this liaison easy and the contact through the Technology Programme also ensures that the students are familiar with their future college before they get there,” added Mr Mackay.

Technology Teacher Amy Rose with Greytown students At Kuranui

Technology Teacher Amy Rose with Greytown students At Kuranui

Technology teacher, Amy Rose, describes the innovative programme: “Greytown School’s Term 1 topic is ‘Healthy Eating and Healthy Lifestyles’, so Kuranui’s Technology Department has devised an integrated programme around that topic.

“Every Friday morning, three classes of 18 students visit Kuranui. Each class is taught a different technology for three weeks. In Food Technology, the students are learning to bake bread and make healthy sandwiches, while in Digital Design, they are designing a board game around a healthy choices theme, mainly with Illustrator, which will then be printed out and mounted on board. Meanwhile, in Hard Materials, they are designing and making the pieces for the board game using a 3-D rapid prototyper that creates plastic game pieces.

“At the end of the term, the students will be making a healthy lunch to share with both their Kuranui and Greytown teachers. The students are loving it and already wondering what they’ll be doing next term!” added Miss Rose.

Other schools in the area have already confirmed further partnerships with Kuranui. At the end of March, St Teresa’s School, Featherston, will be teaming up with the Technology department to design and construct a shade house that will utilise rainwater.

Kuranui’s Outdoor Education Academy will also be delivering programmes with a number of Wairarapa Schools in the next few months, including South Featherston, Kahutara, Martinborough, Gladstone, Featherston, Tuturumuri, St Mary’s, Carterton, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Wairarapa, Chanel and both St Teresa’s and Greytown.