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Mar 312013

Adventurous Kuranui College students recently took up the opportunity to spend a week trying out something a little different. First up there was the Level 3 bush survival, river crossings, traps and snares course, and then there was the Level 2 tramping, camping and navigation skills course.

Kuranui Students practice their river crossing skills

Kuranui Students practice their river crossing skills

Unlike other secondary schools, there is no timetabled outdoor education programme at Kuranui, but instead there are outdoor education ‘Adventure Weeks’ that take place during each term. The programme is open to all senior students at the college, giving everyone the chance to take part in a variety of activities such as surfing, snorkeling, fishing, abseiling, snow caving, kayaking and rafting whilst gaining NCEA credits in outdoor education.

Last week, two courses took place in and around Taupo, the Desert Road and Tongariro, instead of the usual location of the Tararua Forest Park. This provided a group of students from Years 11 to 13 the chance to experience another part of the country and a different terrain. For many this was the trip of a lifetime.

Laura Finlayson constructs her temporary home in the bush

Laura Finlayson constructs her temporary home in the bush

Kuranui Outdoor Education teacher Glenn Beach explains: “We spent three days living in the bush near the Waipakihi River off the Desert Road, with no facilities. The students learnt the necessary, but challenging skills of being self-sufficient in the bush. We then crossed the Tongariro, Tauranga Taupo Rivers and the Whakapapa, practising a number of essential river-crossing skills such as pack floating and ferry gliding.

“On the night of the third day we stayed at the Royal NZ Forest and Bird Lodge, and on the fourth we walked the Tongariro Crossing. Of course we finished off our trip with a visit to the hot pools at Tokaanu,” he added.

Mar 152013

Stepping out of his comfort zone was something Kuranui Year 12 student Civic Cruz wasn’t very confident about, but having just completed a three-day YMCA leadership course at Kaitoke, Civic now feels that he is ready to set his sights high and is aiming to apply for the position of Head Boy at the end of this year.

Last Sunday, 34 enthusiastic potential leaders from Makoura and Kuranui colleges got together at the adventure centre to take part in the YMCA’s Youth for Youth programme.

The three-day course began with a powhiri and involved the students in various challenging activities such as overcoming their fear of heights on the new high ropes course, taking a leap of faith on the flying fox, coming together in groups to solve complex problems and learning how to make taiaha (maori weapons) using traditional methods such as utilising stones to cut manuka branches.

Kuranui College YMCA Youth Programme

Kuranui’s Lana Dunlop Leads Her Fellow Students on the YMCA Youth for Youth Programme

“The course made you learn about yourself, knowing what to do when the going gets tough, how you’re going to react to something when things get hard. It has helped to make me more resilient,” explained Civic.

“It has given me some ideas to support me when I take on a leadership role,” he added. Last year, Civic got a taste of what it takes to be a good leader when he helped manage the college production High School Magical. “I was involved with sorting out everyone: with their lines, cues and costumes. I’ve realised I wasn’t that organised, but now I have a much better idea of what to do.”

The highlight of the course was a heart-felt talk from His Worship Ron Mark, Mayor of Carterton, who discussed how he overcame the setbacks in his life to end up where he is today.

Kuranui College - Mayor Ron Mark

Carterton Mayor Ron Mark Encourages the Students to Believe They Can Achieve Anything

“I really enjoy talking to young people and it worries me that they have great potential, but lack the confidence or self-belief to achieve,” stated Mr Mark. “It was an opportunity to be open and honest, and if my speaking to the students does one thing that lifts their heads and makes them realise that they can achieve, even if only one person goes away from the room with the strong belief that they can achieve anything, then I have done my job.”

“It was incredibly inspiring,” explained Civic. “Everyone in the room took something away from his speech.”

Mar 082013

2013 New Zealand Secondary Schools Wrestling Championships

When: Sat 13th April 2013

Where: Hawera

Plus: ‘Down Under Tournament’ in Auckland

July 4th—6th July

For further information see Mr Yee at the Sports Office.

Football Trials

For all Boys & Girls players

Where: @ Kuranui College Sports Field

When: Thursday 14th March

Time: 3.30pm

Please ensure that your registration form has been returned along with the deposit.

Mar 082013

Equestrian Inter-schools Event

When: Monday 25th March

Where: Solway Showgrounds, Masterton

Cost: $30-00

Entries close: 9am Thursday 15th March – no late entries will be accepted!

Consent forms from the Sports Office Door

See Mr Yee at the Sports Office or Kate White for further information


Secondary Schools Golf Day

Who: Golfers and non playing golfers

Where: Mahunga Golf Club

When: Friday 12th April

Time: 9.30am report time-10am tee off

Cost: $20-00-afternoon tea provided

Transport = $5-00 extra

Transport limited to first 5 entries only

Entry Forms available from the Sports Office Door

Entries close: 9am Friday 5th April

Mar 082013

Brock Loader - Kuranui College Breaking RecordsExcellent weather conditions greeted us on Tuesday for the Athletic Sports Day, and what an incredible event it was!

Brock Loader broke three records on the day:

  • 100m in 12.60s (held previously by Brad Taylor back in 1995 in 12.62s)
  • Long Jump in 5.37m (previously held by Flynn Fidow back in 1999 with 5.22m)
  • Triple Jump in 10.47 and in his final jump with 10.64 (previously held by Naititi Sami back in 2006 with 9.66)

Well done Brock with your achievements!

Mar 062013

Kuranui College’s Head of Sport Jane Russell will be the first to admit that fundraising isn’t her forte, so when she was asked to manage the Kuranui Staff Relay for Life team she was somewhat worried. “I was a bit scared at first as I’m not a fundraiser and I really feel uncomfortable asking people for money, but I didn’t need to be worried because it was the Cancer Society and people just came forward and donated,” she said.

Jane had the daunting task of organising 21 members of staff, plus additional family and friends who stepped forward to take part and join the relay. “People just kept coming up and saying ‘put that towards Relay for Life’.  Every staff member contributed somehow whether it was baking or selling books or auctioning something,” she acknowledged.

Kuranui College Cancer Society 2013

Members of the Kuranui College Staff Relay for Life Team: Robyn Moran, Mike Buckham, Vicki Wish and Juanita Mclellan.

“We raised a total of $2,300. Staff member Mel Bint made cupcakes twice and brought them in school and sold them for a couple of dollars each.  The staff were happy to pay for several morning teas. Librarian Lynne Rance organised a garage sale in the staff room. It was a fantastic idea. Office Manager Doreen Badger donated a brand new Sunbeam mixer worth $400, which we auctioned off in a silent auction. Teacher Ken Ryan organised a sausage sizzle and the raffling of two trailers of firewood donated by Greytown Lions,” explained Ms Russell.

“One of our students, Cambridge Thompson, organised a student team and they were also doing sausage sizzles. They raised over $1,600.”

Relay for Life started on Saturday at 4pm and went through the night till 10am on Sunday.  “On the day we met up at four in the afternoon and started with a BBQ before camping through the night. Cambridge’s student team joined our camp, so it was a real college effort.  Two members of staff were rostered on every hour to walk. I only had two hours sleep the whole night.  Deputy Principal Gary Hall even ran his last lap!”

“The Cancer Society is not just about cancer, they promote health and well being, so because it’s a relay the participants are also getting exercising as well, they’re wearing sunblock and it’s also about health promotion,” concluded Ms Russell.