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Nov 192015

Kuranui Cricket coach Graham Brown was extremely pleased the way the team performed yesterday against Wairarapa College Girls played at Kuranui College, in the last game of the season.

Batting first, Kuranui scored 109/5 with Mack Regnault top scoring with 39. Two solid partnerships came from Michael Hyman (11), and Cameron Wilson (14). Gracyn Evans finished with 14 not out with a swashbuckling innings at the end.

Waiarapa College Girls, whom usually outperform us in most areas of the game in the past, lost a couple of early wickets to some tight bowling and well-taken catches and never really recovered being 50 all out in the 19th over. Caleb Freeman, Andrew Hyman, Ben Oakly, and Kadin Hart finished with 2 wickets a piece and 2 run-outs.

The final result saw Kuranui win by 59 runs.

News Flash!! Old Cricket Turf to be replaced.

Kuranui College Sports Coordinator Donald Yee has confirmed that the artificial vricket pitch at Kuranui College will be replaced just before Christmas.

We are grateful that ex-Kuranui student Cody Linton will oversee the project and will install the laying free of charge, with the assistance from Greytown Cricket Club and parents of the current Kuranui College Cricket Team.

Mr Yee says ‘It’s not just Kuranui College that benefit from the new turf, but whole community including Greytown Cricket and Wairarapa Cricket’.

Nov 162015

Support Services WairarapaWe’ve just added a new document which lists a range of support and helping services available for young people (and their families) in the Wairarapa.

It includes:

  • Support for families with teens
  • Parenting programmes
  • Supporting young people to remain in education, training or employment
  • FREE medical services for young people
  • Drug and alcohol services
  • Counselling
  • Mental health care

You can find the support services here, and under the For Parents and Quicklinks menus.

Nov 102015

It was standing room only in the Kuranui College auditorium on Wednesday evening as it filled up with students, staff, parents and whānau to celebrate the school’s 56th Annual Senior Prizegiving.

Special guests included Adrienne Staples, Mayor of the South Wairarapa, John Booth Mayor of Carterton, David Haden from the Rotary Club of the South Wairarapa, Derek Wilson Chairperson of the Greytown Trustlands Trust, Linda Kirkland from the Lions Club of the Greytown, and the evening’s guest speaker, former Head Boy Clinton Garrity.

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Kuranui Principal, Geoff Shepherd, acknowledged that it had been a year of reflection and improvement. “I think it can best be described as a year during which we have been required to make extra special efforts, but also a year where we are seeing very positive outcomes in all sorts of areas,” he explained.

“We’ve focused on raising the achievement levels of Māori students through the Kia Eke Panuku professional learning programme which is helping to implement culturally responsive teaching strategies in all our classrooms, as well as embedding the principles of the Positive Behaviour for Learning programme into all aspects of school life, strengthening our self-review practices and our ability to accelerate the learning of those struggling to achieve, and strengthening our ability to track and report on the achievement of Year 9 and 10 students in all curriculum areas.”

“We have made excellent progress in all of these areas and I am confident that over the next year or two we will be able to see the improvements we are making clearly reflected in our student achievement data,” he added.

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Shepherd also announced a new Senior Curriculum structure for 2016. Following a recent review, the college will be placing an emphasis on developing courses that are more relevant to career pathways.

“The courses have to allow students focused on university study to excel and achieve at the highest level, but also allow students focused on the trades or polytechnic study to gain credits in subjects relevant to those career pathways. We have attempted to give the courses a meaningful, real-life context, shortening some courses into 17-week semesters to give students greater choice,” said Shepherd. Kuranui will now focus on a review of its Junior Curriculum, which Shepherd hopes to have in place for 2017.

The college also farewelled a much-loved teacher, Gay Butler, who is retiring after teaching at Kuranui for 43 years. Butler acknowledged the changes witnessed during her time at the school. “It’s been an amazing time and to see all the changes that have taken place at Kuranui. It’s no longer the person who knows everything mentoring students from the front of the classroom, the students are the learners, they dictate what they want to know and we as teachers facilitate that. I’ve so enjoyed being part of that change,” she said.

Kuranui’s top prize winners this year both share the same first name. Walter Barber was awarded Dux 2015 and Walter Taber gained the Proxime Accessit.

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Special awards also went to Charlotte Penman, who was presented with the Featherston Lions Club Cup for first overall in level 1, Rosie Isaacs gained the Lisa Rose Cup for first overall in level 2, Kathryn Farley the Greytown Lion and Lioness Clubs Endeavour Trophy and Jacob Skinner the Rotary Club of South Wairarapa Shackleton Cup

David Hayden from the Rotary Club of South Wairarapa also presented the Martinborough Fair Trust Bursaries and Trophy to Dylan Taylor and Zoe Thurston.

Nov 022015

Four Kuranui students – Joey Teofilo, Sam Hunter, Samson Dell and Zac Brown – headed to Auckland during the last school holidays for a weekend of chess competition at two ChessPower events, with support from local website and design company Nectarine.

First up on Saturday was the individual event- the Champions Trophy. In a field of 94 competitors, Sam Hunter came 29th, Zac 32nd, Samson 51st and Joey 55th.

Sunday saw 41 teams from around New Zealand gather for the ChessPower National Interschools competition. Nine tough rounds of competition amongst the 15 senior teams saw Auckland International College top the standings, a dominant 6 points ahead of Mt Roskill Grammar in 2nd. Kuranui finished the day in 11th position.

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Kuranui at the Chesspower National Interschools – Auckland 2015

While Kuranui may not have featured in the top standings of the tournaments, it was the first time in over a decade that a senior team from the Wairarapa has headed to national competition, so it’s an excellent result for a developing chess team.

The various parents and supporters who travelled with the boys all were impressed with the sportsmanship, attitude and team spirit shown. They commented that it was fantastic to see that students who were involved in winning seasons in rugby and football, were also keen to compete in the more cerebral areas of chess; that varied experiences were a great part of their kids growing towards adulthood.

It was also pleasing to see other Wairarapa individuals and teams at the event: Joji Dell, Connor Pogson and Adam Carlisle competed in the Champions Trophy, and Masterton Intermediate came 7th out of 12 teams in the Intermediate section of the Interschools competition.

Kuranui At Chess Nationals Auckland 2015 Sam

Sam Hunter at the Chesspower National Interschools – Auckland 2015

Kuranui At Chess Nationals Auckland 2015 Samson

Samson Dell at the Chesspower National Interschools – Auckland 2015

Kuranui At Chess Nationals Auckland 2015 Joey

Joey Teofilo at the Chesspower National Interschools – Auckland 2015

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Zac Brown at the Chesspower National Interschools – Auckland 2015