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Oct 292016

Kuranui College celebrated another superb sporting year at the annual Sports Prizegiving recently, with many outstanding achievements recognised. Guest speaker was Wairarapa-Bush Rugby Development Officer Stacey Grant who also handed out the awards.

1st XI hockey captain Courtney Yee was named outstanding sportswoman after leading her side to victory in the Wellington P3 grade and to second place in the Rosemary O’Brien Cup. The outstanding sportsman was Cole Freeman who captains the 1st XI cricket team and is also a member of the 1st XV rugby and 1st XI football teams, as well at playing rugby for Wairarapa Bush U18s.

Amelia O’Connell collected the junior sportswoman of the year title and outstanding sporting achievement in junior sport award after breaking two school swimming records to add to her impressive list of achievements in the pool and on the athletics track and football pitch. Junior sportsman of the year was footballer Connor Turton who played in Upper Hutt City champion 14th Grade premier team and also represented Kuranui at the intercollegiate cross-country, athletics and swimming.

The outstanding sporting achievement in senior sport went to Emily Morison, who was a member of Kuranui’s unbeaten football team. She also plays for the Upper Hutt Women’s Central League Team, represents Wellington in the National Women’s League and was selected in the wider squad for the NZ U17 National Team.

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Join the KCB – the Kuranui College Block party – on Thursday 3rd November from 5 to 8pm!

The Kuranui College Block Party is a celebration with live music, food, sport and community spirit.

Visit the Facebook event for the KCB.

As we draw to the close of the 2016 school year, it’s a chance to gather together before our seniors head into exams and then off into the wider world. And our students and parents come from the broader community, so what’s a party without inviting everyone!!

Come along and bring your kids or mates and grab the $2 fish and chips deal or a sausie in bread. Score a free piece of Greytown’s Laughing Owl fudge. Bring a blanket and your own picnic if you like- we might even have other food options too.

Listen to live music. Check out our gorgeous new Arts building and grounds.

And we think there might be a bit of sport! Adults vs students pickup games, drills for primary ages, kick-arounds; rugby, netball, soccer, cricket, tennis and more. We’re even going to have an Aussie Rules expert on board to introduce the sport!

It’s a block party, so things are developing organically. Who knows what else will happen on the arvo/evening? Come along and find out… full details at

Kuranui College Block Party 2016

Oct 162016

Sport Wellington Wairarapa is hosting a FREE Getting Started in Coaching course on Tuesday 25th October 6.00pm – 8.00pm at Wairarapa Sports House.

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New to coaching or interested in coaching in the future?

The Getting Started in Coaching course is an entry point for individuals wishing to get involved in coaching. The course is designed to increase the skills and confidence of coaches to deliver quality coaching experiences for school aged children. These workshops are not-sport specific and may use a cricket bat, a hockey stick or a netball to deliver the content.

Courses are 2 hours long and are practical and interactive, focusing on the generic aspects of coaching:

Understanding the athlete & athlete-centered coaching
Planning a session
Coaching a skill
Behavior management (parents, sideline supporters & athletes)

Who is it for?

The course will appeal to a diverse range of parents, teachers or secondary school students who are currently coaching or are considering getting into coaching for the first time.

Is there a cost?

The Getting Started in Coaching course is FREE to all attendees.

To register for this coaching opportunity click this link:

Oct 112016

Greytown Football Club Most Improved Sam Jamal 2016

Okay, so this is a Greytown Football trophy…but it was presented to two Kuranui Students this year, Sam Hunter and Jamal Graham, as dual most-improved players.

The Kuranui Sports Prizegiving is on Thursday October 20th, and there are some changes to make for a better event!

We have an earlier start time- please ignore the 2pm in the letters sent out.

Doors will open at 12.45pm. Parents are requested to be seated by 1:15pm, with the prizegiving starting shortly after.

Kuranui students: lunch has been swapped to occur a period earlier to allow for the earlier prizegiving start time.

The extra time will allow for coaches to say a couple of words, if they want to. And we may have some extra guest luminaries.

All in all, we’re aiming to use the extra time to celebrate what our students have achieved, without worrying so much about the rush to get it all done before the buses depart!

If you have any questions, please contact the BOT Sports Liaison person, Minty Hunter: or 0211 22 8903.

Oct 032016

Kuranui College will celebrate the start of the spring term with the opening of its brand new visual art studios.

The studios are part of a Ministry of Education funded $900,000 redevelopment project, which involved the demolition of the 50-year old two-storey Nelson B block and will also see a large open area landscaped for students to relax in.

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The project is part of the modernisation plan first conceived in 2009 that also included the construction of a modern seven-classroom science and mathematics block, which opened in 2012.

Proarch Architects, who also designed the science and mathematics building, drew up the plans for the two-classroom art block. The studio was designed in full consultation with Kuranui art staff and includes a large lobby, which will act as an exhibition space.

One of the art studios covers an extra large area, so as well as visual art it can comfortably allow for up to 25 iMac computers which will be used for senior design and photography courses. The studios will also host courses such as art history, painting, sculpture and printmaking.

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“This redevelopment is the long-awaited conclusion of the rationalisation of unused old classrooms and will provide modern learning environments for our students,” explained Kuranui Principal Geoff Shepherd.

“The very long wait to first demolish B Block and then build the art studios has been well worth it. South Wairarapa students now have a superb, contemporary art complex to learn in. Art education allows students to develop strong creative thinking skills and research tells us that these skills are essential for young people to be able to adapt and thrive in the rapidly changing world of work.

“Local Kaumatua Paora Ammunson will bless the complex which fits with the kaupapa of the college. Other guests will include members of college’s foundation teaching staff including Clive Gibbs, an art teacher at Kuranui for many years,” said Shepherd.

The new building is officially opened on Monday 10 October. The next phase of the modernisation plan will begin with the redevelopment of the college’s remaining two-storey Nelson block and its 14 classrooms.

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