Penrhos College one of the best in WA at Jump Rope for Heart


Penhros College physical education coordinator Kenrick Armitage and physical education teacher Rachael Noble with students Annika Larment (11), left, Charlotte Gibbons (12), Arabella Edgar (12), Charlotte Esze (11) and Leah Crawley (12) – all taking part in Jump Rope for Heart WA. Picture: Marie Nirme.
Penhros College physical education coordinator Kenrick Armitage and physical education teacher Rachael Noble with students Annika Larment (11), left, Charlotte Gibbons (12), Arabella Edgar (12), Charlotte Esze (11) and Leah Crawley (12) – all taking part in Jump Rope for Heart WA. Picture: Marie Nirme.

PENRHOS College students have been skipping for joy and a good cause.

The school has raised $55,000 for the Heart Foundation through the Jump Rope for Heart program during the past three years, making it the highest fundraiser in WA.

Junior school physical education teacher Rachael Noble said the idea of getting involved in the program was to get the students physically active and raise money for the Heart Foundaition.

“It’s been incredibly successful. We had a target of $12,000 during term three and we are pushing towards $16,000,” she said.

“The money came from parents, family members and friends.”

The students took part in a jump-off competition on September 22, during which students from Year 3 to Year 6 worked together to come up with skipping routines.

“It was a celebration of the work that has been put in and the girls played games like skip tag and don’t miss a loop with the best girls chosen to perform,” Mrs Noble said.

Jumping for a good cause

Schools that participate in the Heart Foundation’s Jump Rope for Heart receive a resource kit, which explains how to run the program over a three to nine week period.

Students collect donations and participate in healthy activities organised at the school.

At the end of the program, a special Jump Off Day is held to celebrate and demonstrate the skills learnt and health knowledge gained.