Principal’s Welcome

Tena koutou katoa, nau mai, haere mai.

Kuranui College has a clearly defined community – the Southern Wairarapa. It is a dynamic, rapidly changing and growing community. Our students come from a variety of different backgrounds, both rural and urban, making our community very diverse and vibrant.

Our co-educational college offers the warmth, encouragement and intimacy of a small school whilst being able to implement some of the most innovative teaching ideas in New Zealand. The facilities are second to none and the teaching is of the very highest standard.

We are proud of the college’s academic, sporting and cultural achievements and our students’ commitment to these areas of college life. Kuranui staff value high academic achievement above all else. We believe that our primary responsibility is to motivate our students to achieve their best, fulfill their potential, and after five years at the college, leave equipped and fully prepared for the next phase of their lives.

In today’s rapidly changing society, we believe that we must prepare our students for a future that is impossible to predict. As the world of information technology rapidly develops, it is becoming a more and more complex task to teach students everything they need to know to equip them for their adult life.

We therefore believe it is critical that we equip our students with the competencies they will need to * “live, learn, work and contribute as active members of their communities.” (* The New Zealand Curriculum)

The key competencies which we focus on equipping each student with are:

Thinking – creative and critical thinking to make sense of information, experiences and ideas
Using Language, Symbols and Texts – to communicate, express, persuade and represent knowledge and ideas
Managing Self – Enabling learners to be resourceful, reliable and resilient
Relating to Others – Interacting with a range of people, listening carefully, recognising different points of view and cooperating with others.

All of these competencies align closely with the college’s core values:

Respect / Manaakitanga
Integrity / Mana Tangata
Empathy / Aroha
Creativity / Auahatanga
Determination / Te Hiringa

The college’s curriculum is constantly under review and continues to evolve to meet the learning needs of our young people. In the Junior College (Years 9 and 10) students are offered a curriculum with considerable personal choice. This allows them to explore different learning styles and to begin to think about which learning pathway suits them best.

In the Senior College (Years 11, 12 and 13) the college offers a very broad curriculum. All courses students choose in Year 9 or 10 may be studied right through to Year 13.

In recent years a close relationship has been developed between the college and local tertiary education providers. Many senior students now study towards NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3 in a blend of courses run both at the college and at UCOL, Taratahi Agricultural Training College or Weltec / Whitireia Polytechnics.

Kuranui College offers a caring environment where our staff believe that each student is capable of something wonderful and that he or she will never exhaust his or her possibilities and they will become the best that they can be.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about Kuranui College and welcome the opportunity to discuss individual needs with you personally. Visits and personal tours can be arranged at any time. Please telephone the school office for an appointment. We look forward to welcoming you to Kuranui College.

Tena koutou katoa

Simon Fuller