Children were jumping with joy when a YouTube star visited their school. Jump Start Jonny aka Jonny Stewart is a fitness instructor on a mission to get children fit and his fun workouts and chill-out videos are loved by more than 250,000 Jumpsters in schools and homes across the globe. He loves exercise, particularly because it helps him burn his excess energy and control his Tourette’s.

Both pupils and staff of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School were “very excited” to meet the star behind the exercise videos they interact with daily in school and decorated the hall and classrooms with homemade posters and some children even came into school wearing homemade JSJ T-shirts.

Jump Start Jonny led the Jarrow school, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, in three high-energy workouts in the hall with all the pupils. He also had a tour of the classrooms to meet the children, sign autographs and pose for photos.

The energetic fitness star has definitely made a lasting impression on the children with many saying they want to be just like JSJ when they grow up.

Rose Francis, nine, a Year 4 pupil, said: “It was fun, exciting, interesting and amazing. The best bit was when Jump Start Jonny was dancing with our teachers.

Year 4 pupil Isla McKinney, nine, said: “I learned that you can do exercise and it can be great fun. We were very, very hot!

Likewise, the school made a lasting impression on Jonny too as he wrote in their guest book: “St Joseph’s, you’ve been the most Whoooptastic school I’ve ever visited. Thank you for the life-changing experience!

Headteacher Paul Craig said: “I have to say that it was one of the best days we have ever had at St Joseph’s. The atmosphere throughout the morning was amazing. Even the shyest children were bouncing around, and staff were up on stage competing for the best dancer award.

If you would like to book a visit at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, please contact Mandy Lloyd, office manager, via email at: enquiries@stjosephsjarrow.co.uk.

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Press release issued by SASS media on behalf of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust. For more information, contact Sarah Dale on 07814 976582.