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Jun 222013

Kuranui Stage Challenge Business SupportersOur incredible 8 minute Drama and Dance performance, involving 80 students, competing against nine colleges at the 2013 ASB Stage Challenge in Wellington would not have been possible without the tremendous help and support from the community and the businesses sponsoring us. We would like to thank the businesses above for their generosity. Please support them, as they have supported us.

A huge thank you to South Wairarapa Rotary and Carterton Lions Club for transporting us to Wellington, Crighton I.T.M Greytown for the set supplies and Chris Simmonds for creating and assembling the award winning set. Fiona Norman, Jo Crimp, Christine Healy and Shavorne Simmonds for giving up many hours sewing costumes.

We would like to invite the community, involved families and school students who did not get a chance to come to Wellington, to join us on Monday 24th June at 7pm in the College Auditorium and watch a live performance + extras of our performance. Entry by gold coin.

Kuranui Stage Challenge Business Supporters:

Dees Pin Cushion - Kuranui Stage Challenge

7 Jellicoe St, Martinbourough
027 869 6076

South Wairarapa Veterinary - Kuranui Stage Challenge

8 High Street South,
Carterton, 5713
06 379 6767

Featherston Trust - Kuranui Stage Challenge

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Featherston’s Own Charitable Trust
54 Fitzherbert Street, Featherston

Freshchoice Greytown - Kuranui Stage Challenge

12 Hastwell Street
Greytown 5712
06 304 7237

Pain And Kershaw - Kuranui Stage Challenge

Pain & Kershaw Ltd
06 306 5555

Mitre 10 - Kuranui Stage Challenge

Top Pub Greytown- Kuranui Stage Challenge

33 Main Street, Greytown
06 304 9138

Jun 202013
Caucian Watene is greeted by Papawai Chairman Paora Ammunson during a Y9 overnight stay at the marae

Caucian Watene is greeted by Papawai Chairman Paora Ammunson during a Y9 overnight stay at the marae

“There isn’t one student at Kuranui this week who hasn’t been involved in some way or another in a cultural event at the college,” said Kuranui College Principal Geoff Shepherd. “We’ve had students celebrating Matariki at Papawai Marae and Aotearoa Stonehenge, Pasifika dance workshops and a live show, along with a performance of Little Red Riding Hood to primary students and a visit to the New Zealand Dance Company in Wellington. It’s been a huge week of culture at the college.”

“The staff embraced the idea of teaching the students about both Matariki and all things Pasifika, and I’m not sure anyone realised how big this week was going to be. That’s down to the enthusiasm of the teachers and students, as well as tapping into a huge amount of expertise in our community. For example, we are extremely grateful to teacher Cheryl Iro and her family and friends who produced some amazing food from the Solomon Islands during the Pasifika evening,” he explained.

“The students were not only involved in performances and workshops outside of the classroom, but they also completed projects across the curriculum in maths, science, social studies and the arts. This method of blended learning is something we are encouraging at the college as it helps to put events like Matariki into context.

“Performing in front of an audience takes the work produced in class to a different level. The Y10 drama group were able to act out their ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ assessment in front of students at Greytown Primary School and our music students performed at last Thursday’s Pasifika evening, once again giving them an opportunity to work with live audiences.

“We are very fortunate to have a wealth of talent within the college and such a dedicated group of staff to help the students make the most of these unique opportunities,” he concluded.

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Jun 142013

The Kuranui Golf Day attracted 17 players and was supervised by staff members Dean Hands and Donald Yee. Kuranui College wish to thank the Featherston Golf Club for their continued support!

Kuranui Golf Day 2013

Kuranui Golf Day 2013

Jun 052013

Kuranui College is embracing the vibrant dance cultures of Hawaii and Tahiti as part of Pasifika Week. Beginning on 10 June, the week-long activity will give Kuranui students and the wider community a chance to celebrate the cultural diversity of New Zealand.

Located in the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is one of a number of Pacific countries that share diversity in language, art, dance, drama, food and ways of life. Six out of ten Pacific people are now New Zealand-born and Pacific New Zealanders makes up an increasing percentage of the students in New Zealand schools.

Kuranui Pasifika Week
During the week Kuranui students will be involved in a number of trips including travelling to Wellington to see a performance from the New Zealand Dance Company, a visit to Stonehenge Aotearoa, an overnight stay at Papawai Marae and several Pacific dance workshops. The event organisers are also inviting members of the public to join in with some of the celebrations.

A Pasifika evening will take place in the college auditorium on Thursday 13 June at 7pm, featuring Hawaiian and Tahitian dance performances from entertainers Amo Ieriko and Maile Giffin from Polynesian Entertainers Ltd based in Auckland. The evening will showcase Pacific dance, drama, music, art and food. Entry is just $5.

On Saturday 15 June, there is an opportunity for the community to have a go at either Hawaiian or Tahitian dancing in two beginners’ Adult Community Dance workshops. The Hawaiian dance workshop and Tahitian dance workshop run from 10-11.30am and 12-1.30pm respectively.  The cost of each workshop is $15, but book on both workshops before Monday 10 June and it will only cost $20 for the two.

“The students will learn how to use different traditional styles of Pacific music and dance to tell today’s modern stories. It’s an exciting opportunity for them to learn how to express themselves using these styles,” explained Kuranui Dance teacher Sharyne Lewis. “They will also be able to sample Samoan sasa and drumming, Tahitian Ori, Hawaiian Hula and Samoan fire dancing.”

To register a place on the Community Dance workshops, please contact Amo on amo [at] polynesianentertainers [dot] com or 021 023 00 599 or visit

Jun 052013

1st XV Rugby Lost 10-7 against St Bernards 2. Lost 12-36 against Onslow. Coach: Paul Rodgers and Darryl Rothery as Assistant Coach and Manager.

Junior Rugby Won 89-7 against Chanel. Won 22-5 against Wairarapa College Gold. Co-coaches:  Ben Clausen and Gary Hall.

1st X1 Girls Hockey Drew 0-0 against Wellington East 2. Won 5-0 against Nae Nae- Coach: Nigel Bird and Manager Katrina Burgess and Lauren Spicer assistant Manager. Team Referee: Donald Yee

1st X1 Boys Hockey  Lost to to Wai College 2nd X1. Won 4-0 against Rathkeale Crux. Coach: Paul Redwood.  Manager Donald Yee. Team Referee: Andrew Hosnell.

Mixed Hockey Team  1-1 draw against Wairarapa College Girls 3rd X1. Coach/Manager: Amy Rose. Player Coach: Toyah Churton. Team Referee: Monique Graves.

1st XI Boys Football-  Won 4-1 against Rathkeale 2nds.  Coach: Dennis Tapp. Manager Deborah Locke.

Kuranui Kingz Football Team- Lost 2-4 vs Makoura. Lost 0-4 against Wairarapa College 2nds (Both Grading Games). Coach: Wayne Brasell

Girls Football Team- Won 2-0 against Chanel. Lost 0-4 to Wai Coll 1st. Coach: Trish Morison. Manageress: Sian Dunlop.

Senior A Netball Team- Lost 7-16 against Wai Coll Int. A. Lost 5-28 against East Coast. Coach: Mel Bint. Manageress: Maree Patten

Maroon Netball Team- Won by Default against Featherston Social. Lost 10-18 against Wai Coll Red. Coach Mek Lloyd. Manager: Tony Roberts.

White Netball Team- Lost 2-12 against SMS Jnr B. Won 33-10 against Makoura Jnr B. Coach: Jean Clarke.

Blue Netball Team- Lost 10-13 against Wai Coll Int. Blue. Won 23-15 against Wai Coll B. Coach: Jane Russell.

Senior Boys Basketball- Lost 23-62 against Makoura. Coach/ Referee/Team Mother: Di Banks!

Badminton– Our Kuranui team of Cole Freeman, Lachie Preston, Tyler  Brassell and Jordan Brasell started with wins in their commencing matches.

Jun 032013

Kuranui student Freya Lockyer wants to be an archaeologist and has her sights firmly trained on attending Otago University next year.  Until then, she has the chance to sample a week of Humanities at the university.

The year 13 student  was one of 10 young people in the Greater Wellington region to be awarded a full scholarship to attend a Humanities Week during the school holidays.

Kuranui College Freya Scholarship

Kuranui Year 13 Student Freya Lockyer will attend Humanities Week at Otago University

“The course is at Otago University and it covers anything in the humanities range,” explained Freya “It features history, archaeology and anthropology.”

“I want to be an archaeologist and I want to go to Otago to study when I leave school, so I wrote about what I want to do and what I specifically want to study,” she said. “We had to write an essay of 500 words as part of the application. We had to say who influenced us, so I wrote about Martin Luther King and how he brought about change, which relates to anthropology.”

The university also took into account Freya’s 2012 results when awarding the scholarship. “This year, I am studying Physics, English, History and Scholarship History, Drama and Classics at Kuranui College,” she added.

“The college advertised the course at the start of the year, but I didn’t think I would be able to go for it because everyone was quite uncertain where archaeology and anthropology fit. Then, the week before it was due, I was encouraged to apply by my form tutor Mrs Banks. I’m the only one from Kuranui who applied as everyone else who is going to Otago wants to be a doctor!”

The scholarship covers Freya’s travel and accommodation.

Jun 032013

It’s not every day that you get the chance to see the rings of Saturn, let alone study them at school and come away with NCEA credits to boot, but senior students at Kuranui College have been given the opportunity this year to study Earth and Space Science at Level 2.

The innovative South Wairarapa college are for the first time offering 20 NCEA credits covering standards on Planet Earth and Beyond. Year 13 students Rhys Jury and Nathan Wride see studying space as a kind of hobby and have even invested in their own telescope, which they both share. “We own a telescope between the two of us and we look at different bits and pieces that we have learnt about in astronomy,” said Rhys.

“You can see the stripes on Jupiter and you can see Saturn’s rings and that was the thing that made me want to take up astronomy. You are told about it, but to actually be able to see it and to see its rings is very cool. You can see the lots of different rings that are made up of the rocks, which make one giant band around it,” he continued.

Kuranui College Star Opportunities

Kuranui Earth and Space Science teacher Matt Boucher shows students Taneka Hutchings and Paula Bucknell local rock formations.

The college also owns a telescope and the students often take time out in the evenings to check out the night sky, “The best time to see the rings is when the seasons change. At the moment you can see Saturn’s rings between 9 and 11pm,” explained Nathan.

Geology also features as part of the earth science component of the Level 2 course and gives students the chance to study local Wairarapa geological formations, fossils and layered rocks. The students recently visited the Pinnacles at Cape Palliser.

“The trip was for our internal assessment: we have to be able to name rock formations in New Zealand and explain how they formed, so we went to look at the Pinnacles, because they were a good one to study and very close to us,” acknowledged Paula Bucknell, who is also taking part in the level 2 course.

“It’s great that Kuranui has a course like this, it’s fun and educational at the same time,” she concluded.