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Oct 292019

Kuranui’s Theatresports teams really put on show during last week’s Wairarapa School’s Theatresports competition, with both senior and junior teams taking the top spots in their respective categories.

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Run by Harlequin Theatre, each team performed between two to three games with a challenge by improvising a scene based on ideas from the audience. Kuranui entered three junior novice teams, a senior novice team, and an open grade team. The senior open team came first in their section, while the senior novice team came second, and the junior team came first in the junior novice section.

Kuranui’s Head of Performing Arts, Juanita McLellan, was impressed with the passion and innovation shown by her teams. “The senior open team was brilliant – and when playing props, Hayden Tankersley sat on the cardboard box which he collapsed into bringing the house down. Later on in the scene, Adam Carlisle stood in the box as Lake Taupo,” explained McLellan.

“The winning junior team played “Survivor” – with the audience eliminating team members as the game went on. They receiving a perfect score of 15 points for their efforts. Oli Hammat and Jayden Grey brought the house down with “hands interview” by demonstrating how to go ice fishing with rhubarb, while Khalid Greave’s team did an amazing job of “slo-mo commentary” ice skating on a first date.

“It is wonderful to see so many novice junior teams from the college, and a demonstration of the passion which comes out of Kuranui’s Performing Arts department.

“These young performers are getting more and more confident each time they take to the stage, and events such as this provides them with experiences which shape them as actors,” added McLellan.

(1st Place) Senior open team – “Rrrrrr we pirates” Hayden Tankersley, Adam Carlisle, Jackson Harbers and Emma Rose.

(2nd place) Senior novice team – “The 21st of September” Oli Hammat, Jayden Grey, Taizak Walker, Ashley Taylor, Adam Butler and Joe Laybourn.

(1st Place) Junior novice team – “5 normies and an ozzie” Josh Wiegman, Alex Hartley, Jorja Holden, Aimee Clouston, Meg Hunter and Isla Richardson.

Junior novice team – “Oh, Sharon!” Khalid Greaves, Hope Butler, Jasmine Loveday, Ana Souto and Matt Edwards.

Junior novice team – “Flabulous Ostriches” James Morland, Charlie O’Connell, Nilah Savage, Monet Dignan, Freya Lewington.

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Oct 212019

Survey local businesses and they will tell you that work experience is top of the list when it comes to recruiting new staff. Kuranui College’s Gateway Programme not only offers students a work experience opportunity, but is the perfect introduction to the world of work.

Angus Connor spent 10 weeks with Fineline Construction 2001, which resulted in the Year 13 student obtaining a full-time apprenticeship with the Carterton-based builders.

Director of Fineline Construction 2001, Steve Cretney, was contacted earlier this year by Kuranui Vocational Pathways Coordinator, Sharon Dignan. “Sharon got in touch with me in early February, asking me to provide an opportunity for Angus to gain work experience through the programme for one day a week,” explained Cretney.

“I was very hesitant at first, not really knowing what the Gateway Programme was, but Sharon put me at ease and my existing employees were keen on the idea. Sharon then arranged for Angus to visit and meet my guys and I.

Angus Connor Gateway

Angus Connor

“The rest is history as they say, because Angus started with us the following week and began to gel with my guys right away. Unsurprisingly, Angus asked if he could increase his work experience to two days per week. I didn’t have any hesitation, especially after Angus had continued showing up during the school holidays, which was totally unexpected.”

After three months, Angus was rewarded with an apprenticeship in carpentry through apprenticeship provider BCITO. “It’s been good, learning how to do little bits and pieces around the place, but it’s been a big jump from learning things to actually doing things on your own,” said Connor.

He has had to buy his own tools and needs to complete his BCITO booklets with what he’s done each day. “It’s made me feel pretty good, like I am actually doing something, I really enjoy it. I like being hands-on, being outside and doing something physical.”

Sharon Dignan believes the Gateway Programme is important as it gives students the opportunity to sample and experience employment in an industry of interest to them. “They can explore a career option  and make a decision as to whether this is something they may like to do in the future or not.

“Students benefit from the programme as they are introduced to the world of work, they can explore industry and they can achieve work-based industry standards through the programme. It is also a real point of difference on their Curriculum Vitae.

“I enjoy this part of my job at Kuranui as I like  helping students and giving them the opportunity to discover the different vocational pathways in the workforce. It is great to see a spark resonate when they discover the right fit,” added Sharon.

Oct 072019

Studying French at Kuranui College early next year will give students an opportunity of a lifetime following the college’s first-ever reciprocal French exchange.

The exchange will see six students travel to New Zealand from the French College of Lestonnac in February to study at the college in South Wairaraapa. They will then return to Europe after studying for seven weeks to host six lucky students from Kuranui in their home town of Carignan-de-Bordeaux, in the south west of France.

Kuranui students will get the chance to meet their host siblings and practice their French while the students visit New Zealand during the summer term, before they are fully immersed in the French language and culture.

“Our six students will go back with them, with a stopover in Paris, and then they will spend seven weeks in the school in Bordeaux, so they will be fully immersed in French,” explained Kuranui’s Junior Dean, William Donaldson. “The only English they will speak will be in their English class.”

“It’s a big cultural shift, because the French education system is a bit different to ours. Although the school has a four-day week, it has a longer day, starting from 8:30am until about 5pm in the evening, but they will have a two-hour lunch break.”

The school in France is a private Catholic College for students between the ages of 11 and 15. A programme is already in place with colleges in Spain and Mexico, so Kuranui promises to be a great addition to the list of its international schools.

“The French system is very rigid in terms of curriculum, so they will have to do the equivalent of NCEA Level 1 English, Maths, Science and Physical Education,” said Donaldson.

“Anything such as the arts is considered extra-curricular, and there are clubs which the French students can get involved with, but they very much have to do that outside of their main studies. The visiting students are looking forward to being able to choose all of their classes, and being involved in mixing up the curriculum here at Kuranui.

“They are also looking forward to wearing a uniform, because they do not have to in France, where our students are looking forward to not wearing a uniform.”

“It has been quite a good task for our students, because they have had to do everything in French. They did their applications in French, and also received all of the information from their host families in French. They are having to translate that information into English for their parents, which is quite cool,” added Donaldson.

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Assistant Principal William Donaldson with French exchange students Aimee Clouston, Meg Hunter, Sorcha O’Donoghue, Emma Hyman, Isla Richardson, Lola Armstrong