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Aug 312017

Secondary Schools Tournament week starts this Monday and will see a number of Wairarapa school teams heading off to compete against the best college sports teams in the country.

Taking part in any sporting competition requires parents and staff working together to coordinate kit, food, accommodation and travel. To fund all this, teams rely on fundraising through sausage sizzles, raffles, quizzes, sponsorship, donations and grants.

For the first time, both the Kuranui Boys and Girls football teams will be taking part in Tournament Week. The boys will be competing in the newly-created 2nd XI Tournament in New Plymouth, and the girls will be heading to the Grant Jarvis Tournament in Petone.

This has a required a phenomenal effort by parents and students at the South Wairarapa college to raise enough money to send both teams away. “We have had some fantastic support from the community,” explained Kuranui parent Wendy Turton.

“Pelorus Trust has given us a $2,500 grant to cover accommodation and travel for both teams, the Challenge Service Station has donated $300, Adamson Mobil station in Featherston has donated petrol vouchers and Breadcraft has given us bread. Shine hair salon has also donated drink bottles and Fresh Choice Greytown, have donated food and essential items for the girls team.”

“The teams have also been hard at work doing sausage sizzles, selling roti and raffle tickets. Both Carterton and Greytown Lions have given trailer loads of firewood for the girls and boys teams respectively to raffle.”

Greytown Football Club will also be supporting Kuranui players who play for them with a $50 grant for each player.

Kuranui recently implemented a strategic focus around its sporting codes which has resulted in a huge growth in the number of students who have taken up football. For a college of just over 400 students, it now fields three boys and two girls teams.

“The girls will be facing some tough competition, with representatives from regional and national age groups scattered throughout teams,” added Turton, whose daughter Dani is on standby for the National Talent Centre and is currently trialling for the Capital Women’s team who play in the National League.

“It will be great for these girls to be involved in such a big tournament and represent their college outside of the Wairarapa.”

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Aug 172017

Kuranui College has retained the Bailey Family Trophy following last Friday’s annual sports exchange with Tararua College.

The trophy has seen some fierce challenges over the last four years. Last year Kuranui retained the trophy despite a draw, but this year the South Wairarapa college defeated the visitors in five of the seven codes contested.

The annual exchange has long been a traditional sporting fixture on the college calendar. It’s believed to have been started originally by former Kuranui Principal Grey Tuck, and after a break of a few years, a new trophy was donated to the event.

Almost 200 students took part in the various sporting codes, which also included boys football and basketball this year. Kuranui Principal Geoff Shepherd was impressed with the even contest between the teams. “Apart from the rugby and football, the scores were pretty close. The boys football team really ran away with their result and puts them in top contention at next month’s National Secondary Schools tournament,” said Shepherd.

“The day was very successful from a participation point of view and fortunately the weather gods played their part.

“Apart from a rugby pre-season game, we don’t normally get to face the Tararua teams. It’s a good opportunity to bring the two ends of the valley together competitively and to have some fun.”

Results – Kuranui won: 1st XV Rugby (36-19), Boys 1st XI Hockey (3-2), Girls 1st XI Hockey (4-1), Girls 1st XI Football (8-0) and the Boys 1st XI Football (13-0). Tararua won: Netball (14-19) and the Senior Boys Basketball (61-79).

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Aug 172017

Korero 17 8 17Kuranui Korero 17th August 2017 is now available for download. It features:

  • Election Candidates
  • Tararua College Sports Exchange
  • Proposed Junior College Curriculum
  • Fresh Jam Jazz Concert
  • Outdoor Education
  • Athletics Featherston
  • Open Day/Evening
  • Sports Results
  • and more!


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Aug 012017

Korero 1 8 17Kuranui Korero 1st August 2017 is now available for download. It features:

  • Music Competitions
  • Rangatahi Leadership Wānanga
  • News from the Enviro Club
  • Typing Classes
  • “I Shall Fly”
  • Mumps Alert
  • Community Driver Mentor Programme
  • Fresh Jam
  • Enrichment opportunities
  • Electoral Panel Discussion
  • Digital Technologies Curriculum Consultation
  • and more!


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Aug 012017

In a groundbreaking move Kuranui College has introduced girls-only computer sessions during lunch time breaks.

The national school curriculum is going through some of the biggest changes in a decade to ensure that Kiwi youngsters have the skills and knowledge to engage in an increasingly digital world. The recent set of changes made by the government are designed to make sure New Zealand is a nation of confident digital technology users and creators.

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However there is a real lack of participation from girls in digital technology and the biggest drop-off for girls occurs at secondary school between the age of 13 and 17.

Kuranui College has recognised the need for a strategy to help attract and retain girls’ interest in areas of digital design, programming and coding and is now offering girls-only sessions as one possible solution.

“Girls tend to see and solve problems completely differently to boys and they’re often able to communicate really well and work better in teams,” explained Kuranui Digital Technology Teacher Witeriana Owens.

“Male-dominated images of programmers and a lack of female role models creates barriers. We think a girls-only environment will be less intimidating for a lot of our students, allowing them the space to operate in a way that feels more natural to them.”

The Kuranui girls coding club has been very popular and is already proving to be a useful way of engaging girls. “Me and my dad used to play video games all the time and that got me into it,” said year 10 programmer Ashlee Taylor.

“The goal is to become a game developer, so I’m finding out ways of doing that. I haven’t created any games yet, I’m still figuring that out, but I’ve been looking at java script and I know a lot of HTML.

“It’s just fun to code and it’s good to do stuff with my friends.”