Join us for “Sounds in the Grounds”, the Kuranui Twilight Family Picnic:
FRIDAY 7 DECEMBER East Street, Greytown 5pm – 8pm
Gold coin entry
Ditch the cooking, bring your rug and join us for dinner! Gourmet food available. Entertain the family with live music, old fashioned games and rides. LIVE LOCAL MUSIC, LOCAL STALLS, LOCAL ARTS & CRAFTS.
Kuranui College continues to focus on raising achievement and success with the development of a new three-year strategy, it was announced at the college’s 53rd annual senior academic prize-giving.
“We all want a college that can and will deliver an excellent education for the young people of the Southern Wairarapa,” said Kuranui College Principal Geoff Shepherd. “Excellence is a fine goal and in many areas of the college we see excellence, but in fact the board, which has begun the process of developing a strategic vision for the next three years, has gone even further – we want Kuranui to become known as an outstanding secondary school.
“We will all have a different take on what an outstanding school looks like, but I am of the firm belief that we are well on the way toward it,” he acknowledged.
“Our students are now achieving well above the national mean for a school of our decile. We have turned around a decline in achievement: in 2004 53% of our year 11 students gained NCEA level 1; 2006 51% achieved level 1; 2008 only 46%, but since then the college has markedly improved its results. In 2009 68% achieved level 1; 2010 75% and last year 83.5%,” added Shepherd. “I know that NCEA level 1 is only one measure of success, but it is a pretty good indicator of how academic achievement has lifted and is continuing to lift within the college. We have set our sights even higher this year, with similar expectations for NCEA level 2 and 3.”
During his speech to a packed auditorium of parents and students, which also included the Mayor of South Wairarapa Adrienne Staples and guests from South Wairarapa Rotary and Lions Clubs, Mr Shepherd raised the issue of expense. “Unfortunately, outstanding comes at a cost. First of all it is about outstanding teaching, outstanding curriculum and outstanding personal service, but it is also about outstanding buildings, equipment, resources and opportunities and these all cost money – money the Ministry of Education operations grant unfortunately does not adequately provide for.”
Mr Shepherd said that the college had been developing independent income streams. “We are going to have to fundraise to a level the college has not had to do before.”
Events will become one of the main income streams. “We will hold four main fundraising events per year, beginning with the Kuranui Twilight Family Picnic on the evening of Friday 7th of December. This will be a food-based fair, selling a range of tempting foods and drinks, offering old fashioned games and competitions and culminating in a concert featuring college and local musicians.”
“In Easter of next year we are hoping to hold a Fun Run/Walk along the new Rail Trail from Greytown to Woodside. This is being planned in conjunction with the Rail Trail Trust and we are hoping we can grow the event to become one of the iconic Wairarapa events and attract participants from outside the region.”
“Later in the year we will hold another fundraising dinner to mark Matariki. This year’s inaugural event was very successful and we are certain we can make this dinner an annual event,” he explained.
Principal Shepherd said that a fourth event had yet to be planned, but a number of ideas are being considered. “The board and I have made the decision to undertake fundraising on such a large scale reluctantly – it isn’t our core business – but we have no choice if we all want Kuranui College to be an outstanding school. In recent years the catchphrase, “Be the best that you can be” has become the unofficial motto we use to motivate students to do their best.
“The college also has to be the best it can be and we all have to take fundraising very seriously. For many of these planned events we are going to need our community’s support.”
Emily Jamieson was awarded Dux for 2012 at the 53rd annual Prizegiving at Kuranui College last week, with Jonas Amann the Proxime Accessit.
Other prizes included the Greytown Lion and Lioness Clubs Endeavour Trophy which went to Keiren Tankersley, the Lisa Rose Cup for First Overall In Year 12 awarded to Alessandra Giorgioni and Veronica Harvey, and the Featherston Lions Club Cup for First Overall in Year 11 was presented to Izabelle Brown.
The Kuranui Girls 1st XI Hockey Team pose proudly with the medals they won after finishing 3rd equal at the Rosemary O’Brien Cup in the Secondary School Tournament held in Tauranga.
Back Row: Natasha Mills, Meg Batty, Sinead Namana, Freyer Lockyer, Emily Jane, Brooke Anderson, Mikaela Bird, Shannon Burgess, Laura Pitt. Front Row: Toyah Churton, Kim Cryer, Aleisha Bain, Caitlin Cryer, Courtney Yee. Absent: Maddy Irwin