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Nov 282018

Whilst most college students are winding down after a busy year with the summer holidays just around the corner, Kuranui College is focusing on a brand new initiative which culminates in a student-led market in December.

Last week the South Wairarapa college held a Dragon’s Den including all students from years 9 and 10 as part of the initiative. Jeanette Southey from A1 Homes and The Offering’s Bevan Morland joined Kuranui Principal Simon Fuller on the panel to put the students through their paces, with financial investment from the school as the reward on offer.

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Kuranui Dragon’s Bevan Morland, Jeanette Southey and Simon Fuller. Photo: Catherine Rossiter-Stead

The ‘dragons’ were extremely impressed with the quality of ideas presented. “I think the kids have been amazing. The presentations have been great, with the kids are being very entrepreneurial. They are thinking in an eco-friendly environment and about what’s on trend with some really good ideas,” said Southey.

“The kids with the Christmas trees were brilliant. You could see that they lacked confidence with the presentation and that side of things, but their product was amazing and they’ve worked out and targeted Christmas.”

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Kuranui student Chaise Lavery-Leach talks about his group’s recycled Christmas Trees. Photo: Catherine Rossiter-Stead

“To offer this to the students in years 9 and 10 is absolutely incredible. I would have loved to have done something like this when I was at Kuranui College. It just allows the students to think outside the square,” added Morland.

“The assets that these young kids have already got are absolutely amazing and just getting them to work together will take them to a new level.

“I’ve already offered to mentor the students developing the cookery book and the clothing rack ideas. These ideas are just absolutely brilliant; they are different and show how they are really thinking outside the square,” he said.

The initiative is an extension of the Ignite curriculum programme which was implemented at the college this year. Ignite focuses on preparing students for NCEA in a contextual environment, while developing the key skills needed in an ever-changing world.

“This initiative is trying to get students engaged in project learning whilst bringing together learning from a variety of different curriculum areas. You can’t truly learn in subject silos, so it’s about bringing these subjects together in a context that interests the individual student,” explained Fuller.

The public are invited to come and along and buy some of the innovative products and Christmas goodies at the Kuranui Summer Garden Party on Friday 7 December. Gates open at 10am.

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L-R Kit Hunter-Avanti , Rico Birch, Hikairo Waata Dawson and Chaise Lavery-Leach. Photo: Catherine Rossiter-Stead

Nov 162018

Harvey Morison was named 2018 Dux at the Kuranui College Senior Prizegiving in front of a packed auditorium that included Mayors John Booth and Viv Napier, rounding off five years of exceptional achievement at the South Wairarapa college.

Since moving from Greytown School to begin year 9, he has gained gold academic honours in years 9 and 10, completed level 1 and 2 NCEA with excellence in year 11, gained level 3 NCEA with excellence in year 12 earning a $6,000 university scholarship, and in 2018 he has also achieved A grades in Philosophy and Greek Mythology, while continuing to study at school and prepare for scholarship examination papers in technology, physics and calculus. He has also been an exemplary peer support leader and student leader, was MVP for the 1st XV rugby team and represented Wairarapa-Bush U18s.

Prizegiving 2018

Alexander Southey and Piper Marshall shared the honour of Proxime Accessit. Alexander, also known as AJ, has attained NCEA levels 1, 2, and 3 with excellence. He has a prodigious memory and intellect, which is particularly evident in his writing, his performance and thriving creativity. AJ belongs on the stage and will be heading to the Globe to perform in 2019. Piper has also gained NCEA levels 1, 2, and 3 with excellence, with five subject endorsements last year. She is known for her mature and committed approach to life inside and outside the classroom, has a passion for science and equestrian and has worked tirelessly to become an excellence student.

Caelum Greaves came first in year 12 and Abby Saywell was the top student in Year 11 and there were a number of other major trophies which are awarded on an annual basis to Kuranui students, including the Rotary Club of South Wairarapa Shackleton Cup, which recognises a student or students who have overcome adversity. This year it was shared by Chantelle Smith and Joshua Oakly.

The Tocker Cup is presented to the student who has made the most outstanding contribution to the wider life of the college and this year’s recipient was Alexander Southey, who has excelled with his contribution to the performing arts in particular.

Greytown Lion and Lioness Clubs Endeavour Trophy, for a senior student who has striven and succeeded, was awarded to Jack Stokes, while Head Boy Samson Dell won the Minolta NZ Cup for outstanding leadership in any area or areas of wider college life.

Looking forward to 2019, Kuranui’s new student leaders have also been named, so congratulations go to: Head Girl – Awhina Southey, Deputy Head Girl – Ashley Pugh, Head Boy – Michael Hyman, Deputy Head Boy – Mack Regnault and BOT Student Representative – Isabella Wisler.