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May 222015

The Wairarapa has an ongoing history of Primary School chess competition. The long-running Carterton School Chess Tournament often sees more than 120 juniors and seniors turning up to compete for a chance to win the right to head to the Interschool Nationals. They’ve had success, placing 5th in 2012 when competing against teams from all round New Zealand.

Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a similar tournament for Wairarapa Colleges for many years… until last Friday, when the Chess Power organisation ran a competition hosted at Kuranui College.

The Chess Power tournament provides the opportunity for the top three Wairarapa competitors to travel to Auckland in October to compete against other Kiwi college students for the 2015 Champions Trophy. Sadly, it proved a no-show for other colleges, so it was left to 16 Kuranui students to battle it out.

Kuranui principal Geoff Shepherd officially opened the tournament, with Donald Yee and Minty Hunter in support. Chess Power tournament chief Bruce Pollard ran an efficient and friendly series of matches, with some tough battles fought in good spirits. When the dust settled, Joey Teofilo took gold, Samuel Hunter silver, and Ethan Doornbos scored the bronze medal.

1 Chesspower Chess Tournament At Kuranui 2015 Winners

L-R Ethan Doornbos (bronze), Joey Teofilo (gold), assistant Minty Hunter, tournament chief Bruce Pollard, Samuel Hunter (silver)

The three youngsters are hugely excited about heading to Auckland in October and competing on a bigger stage. And as the word spreads about the college-level tournament, especially amongst those seniors competing at the Carterton Primary Tournament later this year, we’re looking forward to next year’s college competition seeing more numbers from across the Wairarapa!

2 Chesspower Chess Tournament At Kuranui 2015 Decisions

Walter Taber contemplates his move

3 Chesspower Chess Tournament At Kuranui 2015 Overview

Tournament Chief Bruce Pollard watches on

4 Chesspower Chess Tournament At Kuranui 2015 Joey

Joey Teofilo and Samson Dell battle it out

5 Chesspower Chess Tournament At Kuranui 2015 Group

A study in focus

6 Chesspower Chess Tournament At Kuranui 2015 Pressure

Rhys Kill watches Nicky Carlisle’s next move closely

May 202015

Lunchtime was a bit different at Kuranui College yesterday. Student leaders co-ordinated a massive free lunch as part of a mufti day fundraiser for its 500 students.

In just a week, they organised the fundraiser to “feed the kids” and secured sponsors to donate food. By paying a $1 to wear mufti, students received the free lunch.

Head girl Bethany Patten said the money raised will go back into something for the school but it was about more than that. “We are bringing something positive to the school and building school morale.”

She said they hadn’t decided what to use the money for yet and a leaders’ meeting would be held to decide this.

Fresh Choice, Scotty’s Meats, Pain and Kershaw, and Pinehaven Orchards all donated food for the lunches.

Teacher aide and breakfast co-ordinator Reta Glengarry said Fresh Choice was also one of their main sponsors for their free breakfast programme.

It has been running successfully for a year, she said. “It’s just growing and growing all the time, it’s something our school can be proud of.”

Ms Glengarry said she hoped programmes would be rolled out in secondary schools nationwide as the focus has been on primary schools. “There are always kids out there who need something.”

Head girl Bethany Patten organises the lunches

Head girl Bethany Patten organises the lunches

Kuranui Free Lunch 8 Nicole Morgan

Nicole Morgan – slicing and dicing

Kuranui Free Lunch 4 Reta Glengarry

Teacher aide Reta Glengarry brings out a fresh batch

Kuranui Free Lunch 5 Bethany Patten

Bethany Patten transporting a full palette of free lunches!

Kuranui Free Lunch 1 Bethany Patten Walter Barber Murphy Cater

Bethany Patten, Walter Barber and Murphy Cater make sure it all adds up

Kuranui Free Lunch 3 Hannah Dare

Hannah Dare serves two happy customers

Kuranui Free Lunch 2 Nicole Morgan Shannon Le Gros

Nicole Morgan and Shannon Le Gros take a moment to enjoy their efforts

Kuranui Free Lunch 6

Kuranui Free Lunch 7