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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