Kuranui College’s 2017 Senior Prizegiving marked the end of an era, with the departure of Principal Geoff Shepherd after 18 years, but he used his final speech to highlight the healthy future ahead for the South Wairarapa school.
Before being farewelled with a rousing and highly-emotional haka led by the outgoing year 13 students, he took the opportunity to reflect on the tremendous progress the school has made in all areas over the last decade.
“Our NCEA results have been on an upward trajectory for the last 10 years and our new mentoring programme has been an outstanding success,” he explained.
“In sport, we punch well above weight for a relatively small school and 2017 has been a momentous year for arts at the college, receiving many local, regional and national accolades.
“I’m now stepping out of my comfort zone and looking for a new challenge outside of the school system, but still in education. My 18 years as deputy principal and principal at Kuranui have been the most challenging and most enjoyable part of my career to date.
“When I look back and take stock of what has been achieved, I take a great deal of professional satisfaction. We’ve come a long, long way.
“Outsiders who come into this school, regularly remark on the welcoming, friendly and upbeat feeling which makes this a very special place. I believe this has developed from a strong belief that all students can succeed, despite their family’s culture, background, income or their expectations.
“We have become increasingly student-centred, we have adjusted our procedures and our systems to ensure that every student can become the best they can be.”
Shepherd paid tribute to the departing year 13 students, with Charlotte Penman named Dux for 2017, with Esme Skelton as Proxime Accessit. The student leaders for 2018 were also named as Heidi Redfern (Head Girl), Samson Dell (Head Boy), Amberleigh Rose (Deputy Head Girl) and Jonty Ariell (Deputy Head Boy). The rest of the student leadership team will be made up of Deanna Addis, Manaia Apiata, Piper Marshall, Harvey Morison, Jacob Morris, Bas Muller, Tanya Narayan, Lachlan O’connell, Joseph Te Naihi and Danielle Turton.
Kuranui Senior Prize Winners 2017
Dux 2017: Charlotte Penman
Proxime Accessit: Esme Skelton
Martinborough Fair Trust Bursaries and Trophy: Esme Skelton And Charlotte Penman
Whitireia New Zealand School Leaver Fees Scholarship: Jessica Buckham
Canterbury University Go Canterbury Accommodation Scholarship: Thomas Watson
Rotary Club of South Wairarapa Shackleton Cup in Recognition of Overcoming Adversity to Achieve What Many Thought Unlikely: Jennifer Gault
Greytown Lion and Lioness Clubs Endeavour Trophy in Recognition of Achievements and Efforts Which Went Well Beyond the Level Expected: Nicki-Marie Campbell
Lisa Rose Cup: First Overall In Level 2: Harvey Morison
Featherston Lions Club Cup: First Overall in Level 1: Caelum Greaves
For Their Contribution to the Life of the College as Student Leaders in 2017: Joseph Ahipene-Larsen, Jeni Davidson, Gavin Hosnell, Alisha Hovell, Thomas Laybourn, Luke Linton, Fabian Sinclair, Amber Spicer and Keziah Stonnell.
Service Awards: For Those Students Who Go the Extra Mile to Enhance the Daily Life of our College Community
Minolta NZ Cup – For Outstanding Leadership: Gavin Hosnell
Tocker Cup – For the Greatest Contribution to the Life of the College: Thomas Laybourn
Service Blue Awards: Alexander Southey and William Taber
Service Awards: Jessica Buckham, Jeni Davidson, Jessica Fryer, Gavin Hosnell, Alisha Hovell, Thomas Laybourn, Bas Muller, Jodi-Leigh Newman, Charlotte Penman and Keziah Stonnell.
Student Leaders For 2018
Head Girl: Heidi Redfern
Head Boy: Samson Dell
Deputy Head Girl: Amberleigh Rose
Deputy Head Boy: Jonty Ariell
Student Leaders: Deanna Addis, Manaia Apiata, Piper Marshall, Harvey Morison, Jacob Morris, Bas Muller, Tanya Narayan, Lachlan O’connell, Joseph Te Naihi and Danielle Turton