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Mar 142016

Kuranui College dance student Georgia Wilson appears calm and collected when quizzed about the school’s entry into the Wellington leg of Stage Challenge 2016, which takes place in less than three months’ time.

“We’re hoping to send a message to the audience and then leave them completely stunned at the end of the performance,” said Georgia.

The year 13 student is not only responsible for the choreography, but also costume, make-up and lighting design. These production elements make up 33 credits of Georgia’s NCEA Level 3 Dance qualification.

Georgia Wilson Stage Challenge 2016 Kuranui College

Georgia oversees 60 performers who make up two sections, one focusing on funk and hip hop, and the other lyrical, which is essentially free ballet with movements that flow a lot more than classical ballet.

Having begun dancing at four years old, Georgia has developed a strong passion for jazz and hip hop. She studies with Sharon Stevens-Cottle at the Jazz, Dance and Drama Centre in Masterton.

“Georgia is so passionate that the students want to follow her and do well for her,” explained Head of Kuranui Arts Juanita McLellan. “The actual standard of dance will be much higher than previous years because Georgia has a massive background in hip hop and dance.”

A support crew made up of year 12 students: Charlotte Penman, Nicky-Marie Campbell, Jessica Buckham, Amber Spicer and Keziah Stonnell are helping Georgia to organise the performers and helpers.

Each performer has to raise $80 to help pay for the entry fee, transport to Wellington, flyers and the team t-shirt.

In a change from previous years, the college has chosen to enter Stage Challenge Raw which has no set. “We’re focusing on really good choreography and really awesome lighting and costumes. The students will also be in charge of the lighting,” added Georgia.

“I’m looking for everyone to have fun and for me to be proud of something I’ve created with this amazing bunch of people.”

Mar 032016

We want you for the Board of Trustees (BOT)!

This is a reminder that triennial BOT elections are being held in June 2016.

Now is the time to think about how you can contribute to your school community. We welcome interest from parents, caregivers or community members who can offer some time to assist in a governance role on the Board of Trustees.

Schools are self-managing organisations and their boards need energetic, motivated people with a variety of skills to help guide and support them in a governance role.

Our current Board members have all offered to share their experiences with you and answer any queries you many have before you make any commitment to become involved.

If you would like to discuss the role with one of them, or would like a copy of a booklet that gives background on the role of the Trustee, contact the Board Secretary, Jo Crimp at crimpj [at] kuranui-college [dot] school [dot] nz

Can you donate a roast, a bag of peas or a brownie?

We are a couple of parents catering roast dinners for Raroa Intermediate students on their school camp.

We’ve done this fundraiser before in conjunction with Greytown school and raised around $3,500 for both Greytown and Kuranui. The money will possibly go towards landscaping the new quad.

Here’s what’s involved:

We cook a roast dinner for 68 kids, Tues and Wed nights over four weeks at Tauherenikau racecourse. It takes from around 5pm to 6.45pm (23 February-16 March).

What we need:

  • Frozen roasts (beef, lamb, chicken)
  • frozen peas
  • chocolate brownies
  • A helping hand to cook roasts at home (and deliver) or to serve and cook on the night or to make brownie

If you can donate a roast and/or peas please drop them into the college office and we’ll collect.

Make a chocolate brownie and freeze it now – if you could make it so it cuts into 30 odd pieces about 6cm square.

Please let us know if you’re in by texting or emailing us. Thanks!

Mandy: mandswork [at] xtra [dot] co [dot] nz 0274 776 272

Belinda: collier [dot] belinda [at] paradise [dot] net [dot] nz 021 446 512