Kuranui College principal Simon Fuller believes the school’s new ignite curriculum has been a major factor in a 20% increase in year 9 enrolments for this year, and for a 46% increase since the implementation of ignite in 2018.
“The curriculum focuses on allowing students to follow their passions by giving them the opportunity to study subjects within contextual courses,” explained Fuller. “We’re now offering 65 courses which are to taught to combined year 9 and 10 classes.
“These courses are diverse and designed to be highly engaging. They cover all curriculum areas and prepare students for NCEA, while developing key skills needed in an ever-changing world.”
Fuller also believes that the school’s focus on stronger collaboration with the local community has helped, and points to the South Wairarapa Kāhui Ako community of learning as a possible key factor.
“Kāhui Ako has a student-led and student-focused approach. Whilst based in schools, it looks at involving the wider community to ensure young people experience real success.
“As a whole community we now have a shared vision and shared priorities and this is helping to provide a solid foundation for our students,” he said.
Kuranui College welcomed four new staff at the start of this this term, two as the result of the recent increase in the roll.
William Donaldson, is the new Assistant Principal and will be responsible for year 9 and 10 students. He replaces Vicki Wish who has moved to take up a Deputy Principal role in Otago.
Sione Tauveli takes up the role of Head of Social Science following the retirement of Vern Grant who taught for a remarkable 34 years at the college.
The school has also welcomed new Technology teacher Shane Hill and Mathematics teacher Alexandra Gregg.