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May 252012

The Kuranui Stage Challenge team is putting the finishing touches to their entry in this year’s competition, which takes place in Wellington on Friday.

Entitled “Pure as Snow”, the performance involves over 70 students, from Year 9 to Year 13. Year 13 students Kieran Tankersley and Ariane Gleeson choreographed the sequences and based the dances around the theme of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Keiran plays the Wicked Witch and Ariane plays Snow White. There are also henchmen, huntsmen and villagers as the dancers go through a series of emotions.

“It’s really a story about friendship,” said dancer Alena-Rose Burt, who plays the role of a villager. “Although the Wicked Witch is not very nice, she turns out to be a good friend in the end, and it just goes to show that everyone is capable of getting along and being nice to one another.”

Kuranui perform at the ASB 2012 Stage Challenge, TSB Arena, Friday 25 May. Doors open at 6.30pm and tickets are available from Kuranui College or

Kuranui’s ASB 2012 Stage Challenge

Heather Mckenzie, Kieran Tankersley, Sam Pepper, Finn Shepherd, Travis Brown, Setty Sammons, Ariane Gleeson and Danica Kawana rehearse Kuranui's entry in this year's ASB 2012 Stage Challenge.

Kuranui’s ASB 2012 Stage Challenge

Mikayla Field, Meri Sipila, Olivia Sinnema, Ariane Gleeson and Bella Goode rehearse Kuranui's entry in this year's ASB 2012 Stage Challenge.

May 232012

“Croquet – what an awesome game!” is best described by first-time player and Kuranui Sports Leader Michael Cretney. Michael, along with six other team members, has never played before and only Year 10 Student Walter Barber represented Kuranui last year in their annual Croquet Challenge against Rathkeale College.

Kuranui fell short on that challenge by the narrowest margins, so they’ll be eager to avenge their loss when they play again in the fourth term.

Kuranui College Croquet team members are: Michael Cretney (Captain), Setty Sammon, Walter Barber, Jacob Kendrick, Jamie Robertson-Bennett, Rob Drinnan, Alex Glengarry, Egan Tearle.

May 202012
Kuranui Girls Soccer 2012

Kuranui Soccer 2012- The Girls Team in full flight

1st XI Boys FootballMatch report by Mandy Bassett

A thumping? Yeah right! The 1st XI Soccer boys thought they were in for a big loss on Saturday when they matched up against Wairarapa College’s 2nd XI. And why wouldn’t they? Hadn’t Waicol beaten one of the other teams 16-0?

But someone forgot to remind the boys. Waicol scored two quick goals at the beginning of the game and the writing could have been on the wall. But back came Kuranui with a goal and then a penalty by captain Rob Drinnan. With the score 2-2 it was anyone’s game. Next to score was Kuranui, 3-2. Back came Waicol 3-3. Finally, in what was surely the last play of the game, Waicol slotted in another goal to win 4-3.

Kuranui were equally competitive, skilful and committed as a team, running themselves ragged at times when, because of injuries, there were only ten on the pitch. Well done!

Boys Blue Football – Drew 1-1 vs. Wai Coll Blue. Won 5-4 vs. Smokey Joe.
Boys Hurricanes Football – Won 5-0 vs. Chanel Colts. Lost 0-3 vs Makoura.
Girls Football – Won 5-2 vs. Solway. Lost 1-6 vs Wai Coll 1st. XI.
Boys Hockey – Won 6-1 vs. Wai Coll Social. Won 6-0 vs. Rathkeale Crux.
Girls 1st XI Hockey – Lost 0-1 vs. Wellington Girls. Won 6-1 vs. St Marys.
Girls 2nd XI Hockey – Won 5-0 vs Wai Coll 4th XI.
1st XV Boys Rugby – Won 39-5 vs. HIBS 2. Won 40-19 vs Heretaunga.
Junior Boys Rugby – Lost 26-34 vs. Rathkeale Green. Won 27-10 vs. Wai Coll Blue.
Girls Rugby – Lost 7-38 vs. Upper Hutt College
Senior Boys Basketball – Lost 21-65 vs. Wai Coll A. Won 34-29 vs. Chanel A.
Junior Boys Basketball – Won 20-19 vs. Wai Coll Hostel.
Junior Girls Basketball – Drew 22-22 vs. Solway Juniors.
Kuranui Red Netball – Won 10-9vs.Greytown Yellow.
Kuranui Blue Netball – Won 23-15 vs. Wai Coll Int B.
Kuranui White Netball – Lost 11-10 vs Wai Coll Gold.

Kuranui Girls Soccer 2012

May 042012
Kuranui Young Farmers Roll Up Their Sleeves

Kuranui Students Jake Pearce and Ryan Ingam Get Ready For the Teen Ag Final

Kuranui College students Ryan Ingam and Jake Pearce have rolled up their sleeves and spent the last few months hard at work raising the money needed to fund their trip to take part in the Teen Ag Grand Final in Dunedin on 25 May.

The pair, competing as Team Maramau, need to find in the region of $1,000 each to cover their travel and accommodation costs, following their impressive third place in the East Competition at the Wairarapa A&P Showgrounds in Clareville in March.

“I’ve done a lot of work to raise the money so far,” explained Jake Pearce

“I’ve cleaned a big house and been working as a waiter front of house at the Tin Hut and at the Lake Ferry Hotel.”

“I’ve been working at the Challenge petrol station in Greytown and helping my Dad at Pope and Gray,” added Ryan.

They are also selling firewood by the ute-load for $90 and have sold several loads already.

Kuranui Assistant Principal Gary Hall approached the young farmers and suggested that they enter the competition.

“I’m normally a real Townie, but this has given me something different to do,” said Ryan. “I find the farming thing quite fun and enjoy being outdoors.”

Jake says that his knowledge of farming and diseases was very useful in the regional competition, while Ryan is a hunter who knows plenty about deer.

“We had to successfully complete six modules during a one-day competition at Clareville,” explained Jake.

“One of the modules was grading a deerhead using the Douglas scoring system. We had to count and measure the points using formula and work out the ratio in 10 minutes.

“In another of the modules we had to change a tyre on a motorbike and then find five missing parts of a motorbike. We also had to identify different animal diseases from photos,” said Jake.

“We don’t know what we will have to do in the grand final until we get there,” added Ryan.

The team has realistic expectations in terms of their aims for the finals in Dunedin. “I’m aiming not to come last!” says Ryan, while Jake says: “It would be pretty cool to get into the top three. I’ve never been to Dunedin before, so it’s a really good excuse to visit the city.”

Competitors in the final traditionally wear costumes and Team Maramau is still looking for some inspiration on what to wear. Can you help? Anybody with a suitable idea, or who wants to buy a ute-load of firewood or make a donation, should contact the boys by ringing Kuranui College on 06 304 9116 or email Mr Hall.

May 032012

On the last afternoon of Term 1, tennis students were granted early leave from classes to feature in a highly competitive Us Vs Them tennis challenge at Kuranui.

The aim of the fixture was two-fold. Firstly, to lift the profile of tennis at the College and secondly, to show students just how much fun playing and competing against a variety of opponents can be.

Members of the community were invited to play against the students in a variety of matches including singles, doubles and mixed. The scoring system was somewhat unique and designed to keep the matches competitive and succinct.

The overwhelming view was that this was a fun and successful event that we will look to run annually.

And the result? Sadly, the Them won convincingly over Us and left the Kuranui students thirsting for revenge next year!

Kuranui Tennis challenge

Kuranui College Sports Co-ordinator Donald Yee pictured with Belinda Cordwell (Professional Tennis coach and overseer of tennis at Kuranui College) and Mr Mike Buckham (staff member/tennis player).

Kuranui Tennis challenge - competitors

Kuranui Tennis challenge- the competitors!

May 022012

Kuranui Sports Co-ordinator Donald Yee was given tickets to attend the Wellington Saints vs Manawatu Jets basketball game last Friday night and took Kuranui College basketball fans Setty Sammons, Jordan Yee, Michael Cretney and Tom Cayless. In a thrilling game that swung back and forth, the Jets played excellent team basketball and deserved their 98-93 win.

Kuranui At Jets Vs Saints

Kuranui College basketball fans Setty Sammons, Jordan Yee, Michael Cretney and Tom Cayless with Manawatu Jets players

Jordan Yee pictured with 2.05m Miles Pearce

Jordan Yee pictured with 2.05m Miles Pearce