Kuranui College celebrated the many successes of its senior students and also said farewell to the graduating Year 13s on Friday.
Students, whānau, staff, and special guests, who included mayors Mr Alex Beijen and Mr Greg Lang, Mr Kieran McAnulty Member of Parliament, and guest speaker, former Kuranui student and Wellington Free Ambulance Wairarapa Manager, Jake Carlson.
“2019 has been a roller-coaster ride of opportunity, achievement, teaching and learning, and success in all areas,” explained Principal Simon Fuller during his speech to a packed auditorium.
“We started 2019 by celebrating our awesome NCEA results, with our 2018 Year 13 students achieving the highest results ever. We welcomed over 120 Year 9 students, which was the largest intake for a number of years, in fact this growth in roll has allowed us to appoint nine new staff members during this year.
“These results and growth have reinforced that we are one of the best performing schools in the country.
“Our mission statement is to ‘nurture, inspire and prepare each individual to take their place in a changing world’. In everything we do, our aim is to fulfil this mission. Tonight, you will see each individual from our 2019 graduating class about to take their first step into this ‘changing world’,” said Fuller.
Caelum Greaves was awarded Dux for 2019 after achieving NCEA Level 3 last year while still in Year 12 and obtaining an NCEA Scholarship for English. This year he has been studying scholarships in Chemistry and Biology, and an outstanding scholarship for English.
He is heading to Otago University next year. “I am studying a bachelor of Arts and Science, aiming for an honors degree in Science Communication. I am majoring in my passions of Ecology, and English and Linguistics,” said Greaves.
“My aim for a career afterwards is to enter the field of science communication, where I will likely have to create my own job in an emerging sector in what is a rapidly-changing world.”
Samuel Hunter was awarded Proxime Accessit and is studying a Bachelor of Engineering at University of Canterbury. With a whole raft of fields to specialise in, including robotics, city design, waterways, forestry, civil, and rocketry, Hunter will spend his first year deciding on which field to focus on.
Next year’s head students are Amelia O’Connell and Henry Isaacs and deputies are Joji Dell, Isla Alexander, Connor Turton and Dylen Kingi.