Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


Local School Chases National Jump Jam Glory

Media Release for immediate use 16 November 2006

Local School Chases National Jump Jam Glory

After being placed third at the regional Jump Jam Competition, a Christchurch school has its sights set on winning the national championships in Auckland on 2 December.

Jump Jam is a new and exciting dance style sweeping New Zealand schools and a group of students from Kaiapoi North School are determined to be crowned the best in the country.

A form of 'Kidz Aerobix', Jump Jam has been developed by world aerobic’s champion, Brett Fairweather, to encourage primary and intermediate school children to get active.

The 10-member Kaiapoi North team consisting of year seven and eight students were thrilled to finish third at the regional competition especially as this was the first time they had entered.

“We were really pleased to do so well for our first attempt,” says Kaiapoi North School teacher Heidi Roberts. “Now we are really excited to have the chance to go to Auckland to prove ourselves against the best.”

Competing teams will be judged on presentation, creativity of moves, sychronisation, energy, and props.

The team has put hours of practice into their competition preparations and is calling on Canterbury to help them take on the nation in Auckland in two weeks.

“We have been practicing for the competition in our lunch hours, after school and even at morning tea. We are a committed team and we know we can do well,” says Heidi Roberts.

The Kaiapoi North School team have embarked on a sponsorship drive to raise the $6,000 required to get to the competition in Auckland. Sponsors will be given advertising in the school newsletter and brand exposure to a national audience.

For businesses wishing to support the team and promote active children they can call Heidi Roberts on 03-327 8803.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'

The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>

Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland