Kuranui’s 2nd XI have finished their season as 2015 champs after a thrilling final against Makoura, in a nail-biting game that needed extra time to decide a winner.
Makoura struck early twice, making things look grim for Kuranui. But the team rallied, fought hard, and with a flurry of attacks brought the scores level. It stayed that way until the regular time whistle blew.
In extra time, Kuranui finally broke through a resilient Makoura defence a put the ball in the back of the net. The hard-fought battle continued with chances on both ends before the referee again blew time, and Kuranui claimed a 3-2 finals win.
Congratulations to both teams for a superb, exciting game full of skill and determination.
Kuranui’s 3rd XI have finished their season with an exciting, goal-filled game as they battled for 3rd place. In the end, they lost 3-4 to WaiCol Junior Blue, but showed great determination throughout.
Our thanks go to the parents who helped manage the team, especially those who stepped into a coaching role and enabled students from Carterton to find a football home.
The photos are by Donald Yee.
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Kuranui College has beaten the other Wairarapa Colleges to claim two Matharapa titles for 2015. The college won first place in both the Year 9 and Year 10 Matharapa competitions held yesterday. Kuranui students faced some intense competition from Wairarapa, St Matthews and Rathkeale Colleges.
Kuranui College Principal, Geoff Shepherd was absolutely stoked with the double win.
“This is the first time Kuranui College has won both Year 9 and Year 10 Matharapa competitions,” he explained. “And our second Year 9 team also came second!”
“This is a first for Kuranui College and a credit to the hard work put in by Head of Mathematics, Mr Albert Chand, and his students.”
“There is real enthusiasm for Mathematics at the college at the moment and events like this provide students with something to aim for and a great sense of achievement.”
“The winning students are all members of the Kuranui Mathematics Enrichment Programme run by Mr Chand,” he added.
Back Row: Caelum Greavesm, Rhys Kill, Corbin van Manen, Harvey Morison, Samson Dell and Mr Albert Chand Front Row: Andrew Hyman, Michael Hyman, Sam Hunter and Keegan Culkin Absent: Jared Dudson, Dylan Lark and Jonty Ariell
Year 9 Winners
1st Kuranui College 2nd Kuranui College 3rd Wairarapa College
Year 10 Winners
1st Kuranui College 2nd St Matthews College 3rd Rathkeale College
Students from Kuranui College were given an opportunity to present classwork to the South Wairarapa Super Whānau Advisory Group (SWSWAG) at its seventh hui held recently at Greytown Primary School.
SWSWAG brings together educators and students from across the South Wairarapa, Carterton and Gladstone, and includes early learning centres, local primary schools and Kuranui College.
The group’s aim is to foster quality engagement between schools and their Māori communities in order to improve Māori student achievement. The core of the SWSWAG strategy is the involvement of whānau. Its mission statement and vision is ‘working together to achieve Kahungunu ki Wairarapa (KKW) tamariki, walking with pride, dignity and confidence as KKW into the future, and whānau, hapū and iwi are an authentic voice in decision making’.
Kahungunu ki Wairarapa General Manager, PJ Devonshire, opened the hui by reinforcing the importance of the work the group is doing. “It’s been a year since we launched our strategy and it’s come along way. Greytown’s East Street is a pretty good metaphor for the journey under our strategy, with the kindergarten at one end of the street, the primary school in the middle and Kuranui College at the other end,” he explained.
“We’re all on the same street, but it’s all about how we connect with each other and how we start working with the young ones, bringing them along to hopefully graduate at the other end with NCEA qualifications and on their way to university.
“I believe we’re starting to get the connections,” he said.
“Although this is a Kahungunu ki Wairarapa initiative, we also consider this as koha to Wairarapa, something we can give back to our people in Wairarapa whether you’re Māori or pākehā which is why all of us in Wairarapa are connected by what we call ‘Wairarapatanga’.
Kuranui College Principal Geoff Shepherd outlined the Kia Eke Panuku professional learning programme which is being implemented at the college and falls under the main aim of SWSWAG. Kia Eke Panuku is a Ministry of Education initiative that focusses on lifting the achievement of Māori students by helping teachers to look at changing their teaching practice and to become more culturally responsive in the classroom.
“We are committed to raising the achievement of all students, but in particular that of Māori students, whose overall achievement still lags behind that of non-Māori. We must change how we teach immediately and we are confident that the professional development that Kia Eke Panuku and the Ngāti Kahungunu iwi education strategy are bringing to our teachers will make this,” he acknowledged.
“Our students come from all over the Wairarapa and a lot of the students have no knowledge of the pre-european stories of this area, so as part of Kia Eke Panuku we engaged Ra Smith to take our Year 9 students around the region, to local marae and to tell those stories.
“The college suspended normal lessons for the students and they had to come up with a story based on what they’d heard and turn it into picture books for kindergarten children, which we’ll be donating to the local early childhood centres.”
Kuranui students Amelia Butcher and Isabelle Wisler read out their picture book stories to the group.
Parents and students are encouraged to come along to Kuranui’s Open evening on Thursday, 13 August at 6.30pm and see the work created by the students under the Kia Eke Panuku initiative.
The Kuranui 2nds continued their winning streak with a 15-2 win over Wai Col Social Banter on Saturday, and ace photographer Jade Cvetkov was on hand to take these great shots.
There were excellent performances all around the field in a superb team effort. The boys now need to knuckle down and make sure they score a win in next weekend’s semi-final to give themselves another shot at Makoura in the final.
Kuranui College’s production this year is Roger & Hammerstein’s ‘South Pacific.’
This fun-filled musical is set on an island in the Pacific Ocean during World War II. Thor Elley and Keziah Stonnell play lead characters Emile De Becque and Nellie Forbush respectively, with appearances from Walter Barber as Lieutenant Cable, Connor Taumoepeau as the very cheeky Luther Billis, Zoe Thurston as Bloody Mary and Grace Voice as Bloody Mary’s daughter, Liat.
The show is packed with well-known songs such as “Bali Ha’i”, “Some Enchanted Evening”, “I’m Gonna Wash That Man”, “Younger than Springtime” and many more.
Performances take place in the college Auditorium on Thursday 6th, Friday 7th and Saturday 8th August, starting at 7.30pm.
Tickets are $5 each and can be bought at the college office or at the door.