Over 200 students from across the Wairarapa spent a day experiencing life at secondary school during Kuranui College’s Open Day.
Last Wednesday, Year 8 students got the chance to meet and work alongside the college’s junior students, enjoy a BBQ lunch, and experience elements of the many different courses offered through the school’s innovative Ignite curriculum.
The students spent an entire school day exploring the college’s facilities, and taking part in mini lessons. They cooked pizzas, learned about morality by investigating how self-driving cars make decisions, participated in a variety of mathematics activities, made key rings and experimented with using cabbage juice to test pH levels.
Ruby Leigh, a student from Greytown School favoured the science activities. “Science was my favorite part because you got to do an experiment, and the teachers were really nice,” she explained.
Classmate Caitlin Ryan agreed, “I found science really interesting. We boiled some cabbage and then made solutions with acid and alkaline, and then put the cabbage water into that to see what happened.
“It was interesting to see the different reactions, as well as the level of caution needed when we did the mixing.”
Another Year 8, Claudia Hopkins, enjoyed the Outdoor Education facilities. “We played a game of basketball and got to do rock climbing,” she said.
On the other hand, Sarah Hodgson was really keen on the Social Science activities. “Social Sciences was one of the best classes I’ve had so far. Mr Buckham was awesome!”
“Not only did he teach us about things, but he included fun activities into the learning, such as crafting our own arrows and dressing up in costume from that period of time in history,” she added.
The Year 8 students were buddied up with Year 9 students, who showed them around the school. As part of the Ignite Curriculum, Kuranui Year 9 and 10 students are taught together on the same course. This will mean that next year the students will already have friends at school, which will make the transition from primary to college that much easier.
Now that the students have experienced what the college has to offer, next on their agenda is taking their whānau to the open evening, which will be held at 7pm on Wednesday, 12 June.