Hawke’s Bay school wins visit from Jamie McDell

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Designing a colourful surf safety poster has won a Hawke's Bay school a special visit from singer songwriter and Surf Life Saving ambassador Jamie McDell.

Hereworth School in Havelock North has been selected as the winner of Surf Life Saving New Zealand's Beach Education Poster Competition which encouraged schools to sign up for a Beach Education session.

Beach Ed is a full day programme for school groups where skilled surf lifeguards deliver curriculum based learning of beach and surf safety. The programmes are designed to give children the life-long skills they need to stay safe at the beach and in the water.

Early birds who booked their Beach Ed courses before September 1 were offered the opportunity to design a creative poster with their own top five beach safety tips which were to be judged by Jamie herself.

Jamie selected Hereworth School's poster as the winner. "I really took a liking to this entry, firstly because of the wonderful colours and great messages it put across, but also because I really enjoyed being able to see the faces of the kids that had made it, she says.

"I'm really glad that schools are taking part in a competition like this- it's amazing to see young people becoming educated in surf safety and having some fun while spreading great messages. I look forward to meeting them all."

Jamie will visit the school on Tuesday December 3 and perform some of the hit singles off her album Six Strings and a Sailboat.

Hereworth School Headmaster Ross Scrymgeour says the Year One group worked so hard on their surf poster and hearing that their entry had won an award has given them a real boost and has been cause for great excitement in the class.

"Learning that Jamie McDell is coming to make the award personally is just the perfect 'icing on the cake.' Teaching our younger students to swim is a priority at Hereworth and the Beach Education programme reinforces the importance of this, giving the boys sensible safety parameters, so they can enjoy water activities at the beach," he says.

Students from Discovery School in Whitby, Wellington were awarded runner-up in the competition.

Click here for more information about Beach Education.

Jamie McDell's debut album is titled Six Strings and a Sailboat. Visit Jamie's iTunes, Facebook, YouTube or Twitter pages for more information.

201311_beachedposter  Photo: The winning poster by Hereworth School.

For more information, please contact:

Lisa Honeybone, Media & Communications Specialist, SLSNZ
Phone 09 303 9335 or 0276 488 823