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Sep 192018

Kuranui Deputy Head Girl, Amberleigh Rose, has won first place in the high school section of the Massey University Press Poetry Yearbook competition, designed to foster a love of words.

Amberleigh’s poem entitled Snake’s Tongue is an unconventional poem about love, causing one of the judges to comment in their feedback that they liked it because “It was a bit different and showed wisdom beyond her years”.

“It’s what I call my weirdo poem,” explained Amberleigh. “It’s not straightforward and it twists and flicks, keeping you guessing.”

Amberleigh Poem Web

The poem is going to be in next year’s edition of the yearbook and someday she would like to write a book of poems herself. For Amberleigh, poetry is a passion, especially slam poetry. “I love the way the words feel and their sound, the meaning behind how you speak and what message you’re trying to send.”

Growth, another one of Amberleigh’s poems, was chosen to be a part of Christine Daniell’s ‘Poems Around Town’. The street art project focuses on fostering a love of words. A panel chose poems from Wairarapa to hang up around the community and Amberleigh’s poem has pride of place on the side of the Trust Lands Trust building in Masterton.

Writing comes naturally to Amberleigh, but it wasn’t until she experienced poetry that her creative side really took off. “It was like a key had turned inside me and there was no going back.”

Kuranui’s Head of English, Kathryn Holmes, said her work ethic and natural ability has meant that she has excelled at the college. “However, it is her heart that makes her very special; this adds depth to her poetry which means her message can resonate with the reader.”

Apart from writing poetry, Amberleigh also excels in the sciences and her love of environment and communities has seen her enrol in Canterbury University, where she will study Natural Resource Engineering. “I am interested in making our world a cleaner, better place.”

Amberleigh Rose Web

Amberleigh Rose

Sep 072018

Kuranui student Florence Cater won the vocal section of this year’s intercollegiate solo music competition with her rendition of Quiet, from the musical Matilda.

Hosted this year by Rathkeale College, the annual competition is open to all secondary schools across Wairarapa and has four different categories Vocal, Instrumental, Piano and Amplified.

This was the first time Florence had entered the competition and it was nerve wracking. “I was last to perform in my section and it was a little intimidating watching the others go first, but I guess I knew what I was up against. I was shocked that I’d won,” Florence said. “It’s a big achievement and I’m really happy I ended up doing it.”

Florence Cater

Florence Cater – winner at intercollegiate solo music competition

Florence loves singing and also participates in drama and dance. She liked the idea of putting it all together and decided to sing Quiet a composition by Tim Minchin. “This song gave me a chance to really express my vocal range and connect emotionally with the audience.”

The adjudicator Alex Nyman awarded her delivery with high marks expressing that it was highly engaging and theatrical. Florence’s music teacher, Saali Marks, agreed. “She’s worked hard and it showed. There were some great vocalists there and the competition was tough. To win it your first time is pretty remarkable.”

Corban van Manen also represented Kuranui alongside Florence. Both singers train with Marguerite Tait-Jaimeson.

Sep 042018
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Budding engineers tackle a water challenge at Beca Engineering

Kuranui Korero 3 September is now available for download. It features:

  • From the Principal’s Desk
  • Health Clinic
  • Senior Subject Selections for 2019
  • Papawai Visit
  • Eye on Engineering
  • Showquest Wellington
  • Fresh Jam
  • and more!


Download Kuranui Korero 3 September 2018