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Apr 102013

Wellington Secondary Schools Athletic Championships

Excellent results were achieved by our four athletes that competed at this event:

  • Brock Loader 1st in the Junior Boys Triple Jump 10.95m and 7th in the Long Jump
  • Connor Henare 1st in the Senior Boys Triple Jump 12.69m
  • Toyah Churton 2nd in the Intermediate Girls Triple Jump and 3rd in the Long Jump
  • Jadyn Fabling –Stone 4th in the 400m


Just before Easter a mix of ten Kuranui junior and senior tennis players competed at the inaugural Secondary schools tournament in Masterton.

For many it was their first tournament and not many have played in a competitive league. Having earned their place in the team, the ten coped with searing temperatures; Masterton had the country’s high of 27 that day.

All players were guaranteed three games and started in the main draw where they were matched to players of similar ability. Successes on the day were:

  • Walter Barber – Winner Senior Boys Plate Final
  • Jordan Yee- Winner Senior Consolation Final
  • Lachie Preston – Semi-finalist Junior Boys Championship
  • Caleb Everson- Runner-up in the Junior Boys Consolation Final
  • Rosie Isaacs – Winner junior Girls Plate Final

Tennis at Kuranui has been given an injection by Belinda Cordwell running ‘kick start’ lunchtime games and drills on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tuesday tennis is for beginners to learn the basics and on Wednesday a tennis ladder runs for more accomplished players.

Congratulations to Brooke-Amelia Lewington on her selection in the Wairarapa Tennis Representative Team. Brooke-Amelia recently played in the Trev’s Tennis Tournament and was placed 2nd in doubles and 3rd in singles.


Caleb Everson and Walter Barber represented Kuranui College at the College Sport Wellington Golf Championships at the Royal Wellington Golf Club.

Caleb played well with a round of 80 and Walter shot 89. A big thank-you to Christine (Walter’s mum) for transporting the boys for this event.


The Wairarapa Inter-Schools Event was held in Masterton recently and was represented by our riders Kate White and Laura Finlayson and were both grateful to see a small band Kuranui supporters there.

Kuranui has also an Equestrian Club organised by Ashley Jenkins-Holt, this is beginner riders and for those without a horse, see Ashley or Mr Yee for further information.


The Kuranui team of Robert Drinnan, Alex Glengarry, Walter Barber, Jacob Kendrick, Tom Locke, Jamie Robertson-Bennett and Jack Stevens played Rathkeale for the Wairarapa Sceondary Schools Croquet Trophy in Masterton on Monday, organised by Mr Neil Williamson (former Kuranui Teacher), all matches were played in great spirit, Rathkeale retained the Trophy.

Winter Sports

Kuranui will be well represented in the Winter Sporting Codes in both the Wairarapa and Wellington competitions.

Sports Notice Board

It is important that the Sports Notice Board is viewed daily, as this is our main way of communication regarding new sports, practice days, draws and cancellations.


Be on time for your practices and changed ready to go. If you are unable to attend practices, please ask your coach or manager who you are to contact regarding this and their contact details (in most cases a text is fine). DO NOT ask a fellow team mate to tell them you are unable to make it the game or practice. Remember all our coaches and managers are volunteers and a ‘Thank-you’ goes along way!

Mr Donald Yee
Sports Co-ordinator

Apr 042013

Kuranui College students and staff will be the first people to admit that they are never afraid to take a punt and try out something new and innovative. It’s no surprise, therefore, that last week the college launched a brand new project: the 2013 Stage Challenge Business Supporters Club.

Kuranui Stage Challenge Organisers Molly Hinkling, Freya Lockyer and Katrina Simmonds

Kuranui Stage Challenge Organisers Molly Hinkling, Freya Lockyer and Katrina Simmonds

Taking a leaf out of the corporate world, the college’s student leaders have designed a sponsorship package that aims to give something back to the local business community which supports them.

Katrina Simmonds, Kuranui Head Girl and one of the organisers behind this year’s challenge, believes that the college needs to look after the businesses that give them a hand. “It’s good to build up a sense of community with the businesses, because if they’re supporting us, we should support them back,” she explained.

To do this, the students aim to build up a club of local business support that will create a legacy for future Stage Challenge events. For an investment of $75, each business gets the chance to advertise in a special directory that will be distributed to local homes and businesses throughout the South Wairarapa and their business name will also appear on the back of the 2013 Stage Challenge team shirt.

“We want to help drive new business their way, so they benefit directly from helping us out,” she said.

The students have already signed up four businesses, including A1 Homes. “This is such an innovative idea to help promote businesses and reward them for their support, the students have recognised that sponsorship is very valuable and without it participating in such high profile events like Stage Challenge wouldn’t be possible,” explained Jeanette Southey of A1 Homes. “We are a company that strives to support the local community and we commend Kuranui College for their efforts in promoting this event in such a professional manner.”

Any business interested in joining should contact Kuranui College on 06 304 9116 or email kuranuistagechallenge [at] gmail [dot] com.

Apr 042013

When Kuranui teacher-aide Caroline Finlay began fundraising for Tyla Hart’s ski trip last year, she wasn’t to know that knitting would be a popular spin-off and form the basis for a new college club: the Kuranui Krafters. This enthusiastic group of Kuranui students and staff get together every Thursday lunch-time at the school.

Caroline Finlay, Ali Rankin, Nan Williams, Rina Nishimura, Tyla Hart and Holly Sexto

Caroline Finlay, Ali Rankin, Nan Williams, Rina Nishimura, Tyla Hart and Holly Sexto

The President of the Carterton Central Lions Club, Elizabeth McMillan was only too happy to assist with Tyla’s ski trip, but felt that there was more opportunities to establish a long-lasting relationship with the local college, so she put forward the idea of a lunch-time crafters group.

“The Lions service group always wants to help young people, and this year our International President has asked local clubs to be more involved with young people. Many clubs get involved with reading, but this is our club’s contribution,” explained Mrs McMillan.

“We originally got in touch with Robyn Moran, the teacher in charge of Kuranui’s Learning Centre, and donated some money to pay for recorders and other essential electrical equipment,” said Mrs McMillan. “And then we thought what else could we do? Many of our ladies in the Lions club are good at quilting, embroidery, tapestry and knitting, and many young people today wouldn’t really think about learning these skills, so we offered to teach the students how to do them.”

Carterton Central Lions member Nan Williams explains the benefits of knitting: “Many young people see knitting as an old-fashioned pastime and are unaware of the benefits of learning this skill. It’s great for fine-motor skills, eye-hand coordination, concentration and perseverance.”

Mrs Finlay agrees “The students start off with the basics, gaining confidence with the needles and wool and getting the coordination of these two things right first. It also gives them the opportunity to expand their social circle. We’ve already had a number of boys and girls as well as staff through the door to have a go, even Kuranui’s geography teacher Vern Grant has shown us his knitting skills.”

Apr 022013

This week, six Kuranui College students took part in the annual Crighton ITM stock-take to help raise funds for their 2013 Stage Challenge.

Steve Boyles, Branch Manager at Crighton ITM Greytown, explains: “The relationship we have between the local college Kuranui and Crighton ITM Greytown helps to bring us together as a community and is extremely important.

“We’re strong on supporting the local community, as well as giving young people the opportunity to gain some work experience. Sometimes we can’t always provide money as sponsorship, so we can give product like timber for building the stage sets for example,” he said.

Members of the Kuranui 2013 Stage Challenge team, Shontal Cavanagh, Lesley Wichman-Jago, Riana Love and Jasmine Turner with Crighton ITM Branch Manager Steve Boyles.

Members of the Kuranui 2013 Stage Challenge team, Shontal Cavanagh, Lesley Wichman-Jago, Riana Love and Jasmine Turner with Crighton ITM Branch Manager Steve Boyles.

“We had already agreed to provide timber for the 2013 Stage Challenge set, but the stock-take was a second thought. I thought ‘hang-on’ we need people to do the pre-counting, so why not give the opportunity to Kuranui. The students gain some work experience and we’ll donate some money towards their Stage Challenge fund. It’s great to see the commitment from the students; instead of the students just putting their hands out, they are actually giving something back,” he acknowledged.

“It’s also great to see the girls as well as the boys here helping out. Our industry is not just a male domain, we have a number of women managers involved in the yards,” he concluded.

Kuranui Principal Geoff Shepherd is delighted with the commitment from his students. “Stage Challenge is wholly student-driven and we are very fortunate to have a group of highly motivated students who want this year’s entry to be outstanding. They have totally taken on board the responsibility of fundraising and strong relationships with local businesses go a long way to help strengthen our community.”

Crighton ITM also supports Kuranui’s 1st XV rugby team and provides materials for the college’s technology department.