Ready to go! . . . Waihao Downs School pupils (from left) Bailey Slack, Lawrenique Stevens, Tessa Westgarth (all 10), Alice Hurst (9) and sister Abby Hurst (10) were ready to perform at the Jump Jam Extravaganza at the Theatre Royal on Wednesday last week. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

South Canterbury schools got their groove on during the Jump Jam Extravaganza on June 20. Almost 60 schools competed in the annual dance-off, held at the Theatre Royal in Timaru, demonstrating their synchronised routines choreographed by the nationwide Jump Jam company. The Courier reporter Greta Yeoman joined the chaos of glitter, hundreds of schoolchildren in matching outfits and upbeat tunes.


It was a day of dance, joy, bright costumes and competition during the Jump Jam Extravaganza on Wednesday, June 20.

The Year 1-4 novice section was won by Fairlie Primary School’s Fairlie Flames, and the Waihao Witches, from Waihao Downs School, placed second.

First place in the Year 1-4 open section was won by Grantlea Downs’ Rock Doctors, followed by Waimate Centennial School’s team Waimate G-Style, and the Gleniti Rockers, from Gleniti School, in third place.

The Year 4-6 novice category was won by the Temuka Acers, from Temuka Primary School, St Joseph’s Fairlie’s Jammers claimed second place and the Highfield School Hot Shots were third.

Waimate Centennial School team the Magic Muggles placed first in the Year 4-6 open section. The Beaconsfield Berets, from Beaconsfield School, took second place and the Highfield School Googie Boogies came third.

In the intermediate age sections, the Timaru South School Chocolates placed first in the Year 7-8 novice competition, beating The Pareorians from Timaru South’s Pareora campus second and Wag, from St Patrick’s Waimate, who placed third.

The Highfield Avengers triumphed in the Year 7-8 open category. Grantlea Downs’ GD Swift T’s team claimed second place and Waimataitai School’s Money Makers was third.

There were 10 boys teams competing in the extravaganza and the novice boys section was won by The Lads, from St Patrick’s Waimate, followed by Waimate Main School’s Main Rollers, second and Seven Up, from Oceanview Heights, third.

The Centennial Guys, from Waimate Centennial School, claimed victory in the boys team open section, Grantlea Downs’ GD Revive came second and the Waihi Lads, from Waihi School, claimed third place.

The prize for the highest-scoring small school went to Waimate Main School.

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