The new Ignite junior curriculum at Kuranui College is already having a significant impact on the school, with many of the 2018 year 9 intake highlighting it as one of the main reasons they chose to study there.
The college has a wide catchment area, stretching from the southernmost tip of the Wairarapa region through to Carterton, encompassing many primary and full primary schools offering education up to year 8. Despite other college options in Masterton, Kuranui remains the school of choice for most within the area, with students highlighting the range of subjects on offer, as well as its small, friendly culture.
Meg Hunter came to Kuranui from the Montessori stream at South End School in Carterton, where she thoroughly enjoyed her primary education. She’s very excited about the new Ignite curriculum and spent three afternoons going through all the options and shaping her first two years at Kuranui.
“I am enjoying the range of subjects and teachers,” she explains. “One of the main reasons I came here is that the drama department is so good.”
Oliver Penman took a different route to Kuranui, having spent two years at MIS following his time at St Teresa’s School in Featherston. “I went to MIS for the dance and drama, as they are some of my strengths, and that’s why I’m now here at Kuranui,” he says. Although he is unsure whether acting will be his eventual career path, he has one clear goal at Kuranui. “My ambition is to be head boy.”
Former Greytown School student Will Isaacs had the choice of following his siblings Rosie and Henry to Kuranui or attending another college, but it was a simple decision for him. “The Ignite programme looked really interesting and I’m enjoying DVC, which stands for Design Visual Communications,” he says. “It’s like technical drawing and designing and we are designing our logos for our own design company.”
Keen rugby player Keanu Paul from Martinborough highlights the sporting opportunities available at the college, and is enjoying the chance to learn different subjects as part of the Ignite curriculum.
“There’s more Te Reo here than most other schools and I’ve taken on all of the Maori classes which are fun,” he says.
Despite the name Kuranui meaning large school, many students say they’re attracted to study there because of its relatively small size. Thomas Moore, who previously attended South Featherston School explains: “You get to know everyone a bit more than a bigger school. You can go into another class and know people.”
Jayde Rikiti from Carterton agrees. “All the teachers know you by your name and they talk to you more than people in a bigger school would. The form groups of year 9 and 10s are cool because you get to know everybody.”