Kristie Thomas – Principal, Awhitu District School

Having been a part of Jump Jam competitions since 2006, I can’t imagine ever not being a part of these amazing experiences! I love it. What this competition gives to each student who is involved is incredible. The greatest thing for me is the self-belief and self-esteem. Every child I have ever coached and gained hugely in these areas. The dedication and hard work that goes into it often then spills over into the classroom, where students are more driven and diligent, consequently improving learning outcomes.

I found the competing teams in 2017 to be some of the nicest groups I have come across. It was so wonderful to see this emphasis on sportsmanship. Thank you again for the opportunity for our students.