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Feb 292016

Kuranui College Sports require 3 helpers to assist us with the shot put event on Thursday 10th March for the Intercollegiate Athletics day held at the ‘Pelorus Trust Athletic Track’ in Masterton (Masterton Park).

Assemble at 10.30am and finish at 3pm. No experience necessary.

If you can assist in any way, please contact Donald Yee on (06) 304 9116 x728 or e-mail: yeed [at] kuranui-college [dot]

Thomas Laybourne and Samantha Pallesan in action on Athletics day. Geoff Shepherd

Thomas Laybourne and Samantha Pallesan in action on previous Athletics day.
Geoff Shepherd

Feb 292016

If you missed out on the Winter Sports Sign-Ups for Netball, Boys and Girls Football, boys and girls hockey and rugby, please get a Sports Registration form from the sports office door, if you do not register, you may miss out being in a trial or a team altogether.

Rugby Training has started for all players and is on Tuesdays 3.30pm-5pm, all players to attend.

Boys Football Trials for All Players is on Thursday 17th March @ 3.30pm, meet by the Kuranui Football Field. All players to bring a light and dark coloured shirt and a drink bottle.

Hockey Training for all players is starting on Thursday3rd February for boys and girls.

Well done to our Kuranui Cricket Team: they have 3 wins and a loss so far in the Wairarapa Secondary Schools competition.

Feb 122016

From the Sports Desk- Welcome to the 2016 Sports Year!

Our Kuranui Junior Cricket Boys Team will play their first T20 match today against Wairarapa College, results to come. We thank Cole Freeman for overseeing this team and him mum Trish for driving the van.

Tennis is on Tuesday’s, bring your racquet and suitable footwear.
Futsal is on Thursday’s on the turf, bring suitable footwear.
Touch Rugby is on Fridays, meet by the goal posts.

Netball is Monday 15th February, please meet by the gym at interval.
Hockey for Boys and Girls is on Tuesday 16th February, meet by the Sports Notice Board.
Football for Boys and Girls is on Thursday 18th February, meet by the Sports Notice Board.
Rugby for Boys and Girls is on Friday 19th February, meet by the Sports Notice Board.
Equestrian is on Friday 19th February, meet by the Sports Notice Board.

If you are unable to attend the registration day, please see Mr Yee at the Sports Office or leave your name and chosen sports at the MAIN OFFICE.
It is important that you do register and return your registration formm along with the registration fee to the main office on the due date. Late registrations run the risk on missing out on a trial or a place in a team altogether.

22nd February- Kuranui Athletic Day– 9.20am start, parents/caregivers are most welcome to come and support and if you are interested in helping in any way with time-keeping or assist with any field events, please contact Mr Yee at Kuranui.
26th February- Kuranui Swimming Day– At the Greytown Pools starting at 9.10am, if you are able to assist in time keeping even if its for a short period of time, let Mr Yee know, my details are below.
10th March- Intercollegiate Athletics at the Colin Pugh Sports Bowl in Masterton.
4th April – Croquet – Kuranui vs Rathkeale/St Matthews in Masterton.
5th May – Intercollegiate X-Country – In Masterton

Kuranui College Sports is keen to receive interest from parents/caregivers and members of the community interested in assisting coaching a winter sports team.
We would like to hear from anyone with an interest in coaching rugby, netball, hockey, football or netball.

Please contact:
Kuranui College Sports Co-ordinator
Tel: 06 304 9116 x728
Email: yeed [at] kuranui-college [dot] school [dot] nz

Feb 102016

Kuranui’s new Year 9’s were given a warm welcome by college staff and year 13 students on their first day at the South Wairarapa school earlier this week.

More than 100 students gathered outside the college auditorium and were called in by Te Reo teacher Suzanne Murphy. They were followed by their parents, members of their whānau and their former primary school principals.

Year 9 Powhiri 4 Kuranui College

New Year 9 students and whānau.

Year 9 Powhiri 6 Kuranui CollegeThe new students were represented by Francis McNally-Te Maari, who gave a rousing speech in Te Reo Māori which included the importance of the school’s motto ‘tatau tatau’ and its meaning of ‘strength created through working together’. The staff and year 13’s went on to sing the upbeat waiata ‘Haere Mai’.

The year 9 students, the families and principals were then invited to share morning tea in the college student centre. “We’ve been doing this for a couple of years and on each occasion we have seen more members of our students’ extended family join in,” explained Kuranui College Principal Geoff Shepherd.

“This is not only an extremely important way for us to welcome the new students to our school, but it is also very special. We are continuing to develop a culturally-responsive environment within the college, as part of Kia Eke Panuku: an initiative designed to raise student achievement throughout the school,” he said.

In the first few weeks of this term, year 9 students will take part in a specially-designed programme of study, led by Rawiri Smith from Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, which introduces the youngsters to some of the culturally-significant and historical sites around Wairarapa.

Year 9 Powhiri 9 Kuranui College

Feb 092016

What makes teenagers give up a valuable week of their summer holiday to attend what some students call ‘nerd camp’? According to two Kuranui year 13 students, it is a love of science and the careers it can help develop.

Nick & Joe - Kuranui College Science“I enjoy the sciences at school and chemistry is the subject that by far interests me the most and is most relevant to my future career,” explains Nick Ariell. “The camp gave me an insight into what the degree I want to study would be like and what sort of things I would be learning over the next few years.”

One of three Wairarapa students to attend the ‘Hands-On Science’ camp organised by Otago University, Nick, a senior leader at the South Wairarapa college, plans to return to the university next year to study to be a doctor and is eventually hoping to specialise in oncology. He spent the week studying Chemistry.

Kuranui Head Boy Joseph Redfern, on the other hand, chose to study Zoology as he hopes to take up veterinary science at Massey University and plans to work in the future with exotic animals.

“They didn’t have a veterinary course I could take, but Zoology is a related subject. If I can’t handle putting an animal down, then Zoology is the next best thing I would consider studying because it means I can still study the nature and behaviour of animals,” said Joseph.

“During the camp, we had to do a dissection of a wallaby and got to look at its muscle groups and organs. On another day, we got to look at skulls, where we analysed the structure of the face and everything to see what kind of life they were living.”

“Most people get put off by ‘nerd camp’, but realistically it was not just about science, it was a really good experience and it gave us an idea of the type of lifestyle as well as an insight into university,” added Nick.