A two-year pilot programme teaching kids key life skills has been deemed a “huge success”, capturing 85 per cent of Gisborne’s primary school population.

According to a recent report by Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti, all of the 14 schools that participated in the newly developed Crackerjack Kids educational programme will continue their involvement beyond the pilot after seeing the positive impact on their students.

Crackerjack Kids, developed by InnerFit NZ, is a sports-based programme linked to the Health and Physical Education curriculum for primary schools. The material gives teachers an easy way to empower Kiwi kids to become leaders, positive role models and well-rounded, stable individuals who are well equipped to achieve on and off the field. InnerFit NZ partnered with Sport Gisborne Tairāwhiti to run the pilot. The organisations worked together to provide comprehensive training and professional development for the participating teachers, ensuring they had hands-on support to effectively implement the resource in their schools.

With seven more schools signing up to use the Crackerjack Kids resource, the programme is gaining momentum across the wider Tairāwhiti community.

Labour List MP Kiri Allan recently visited Te Hapara School, one of the pilot schools in her electorate, to see the programme in action, and says she is impressed by the impact that Crackerjack Kids has had on the children.

“It was fantastic to witness Crackerjack Kids being taught in the class and see a programme that incorporates health and fitness, alongside teaching kids decision-making skills that can be carried into a broad range of areas in their lives.”

InnerFit NZ founder Ken Youngson, whose mission is to help individuals achieve their full potential in life, believes that schools have a critical role to play in ensuring that children get a good start in life to set them up for future success.

“We know that the life course is set at an early age,” says Youngson. “By partnering with schools, the one institution that every single New Zealander has an experience of, we can reach every child to teach them how to make healthy life choices.

“The Gisborne primary education network is showing real national leadership in instituting the Crackerjack Kids programme so broadly in schools,” says Youngson. “After the proven success of the pilot, we are committed to supporting teachers to empower Kiwi kids throughout New Zealand.”

Caption: Labour List MP Kiri Allan visits Te Hapara School


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