The Ciena Jump for Students fund.

The Spark Foundation has partnered with Ciena to offer a fund to selected Decile 1 high schools, to offer free home broadband connections to students.

This fund is for students who don't have a broadband connection at home, to help them study and learn online.

Students will get a free modem and 150GB Wireless Broadband data each month for the school year.

A Skinny Jump student studying with their Mum looking on.

   

Frequently asked questions.

The Ciena Jump for Students fund offers Skinny Jump free to eligible students. Eligible students are those at participating Decile 1 secondary schools who find cost is a barrier to having an internet connection at home.

During Term 1 which starts in February 2021 the fund is only available to an initial group of seven schools. These are:

  • Manurewa High School in South Auckland
  • Mangere College in South Auckland
  • James Cook High in South Auckland
  • Bishop Viard in Porirua
  • Wairoa College in Wairoa
  • Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngāti Kahungunu o Te Wairoa in Wairoa
  • Tolaga Bay Area School in Tolaga Bay

If you're attending a participating school, check with your school to see if you may be eligible.

If you or your family don't go to an eligible school, you may still be able to sign up to Skinny Jump. Skinny Jump is Spark’s subsidised broadband offer. Jump is available nationwide through a network of partners. The best way to sign up is to contact your nearest Jump provider and make an appointment to sign up for a connection.

Here's a link to a map where you can find your nearest Jump partner. skinny.co.nz/jump

During Term 1 starting February 2021 the fund is only available to an initial group of seven schools. These are:

  • Manurewa High School in South Auckland
  • Mangere College in South Auckland
  • James Cook High in South Auckland
  • Bishop Viard in Porirua
  • Wairoa College in Wairoa
  • Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngāti Kahungunu o Te Wairoa in Wairoa
  • Tolaga Bay Area School in Tolaga Bay

We may reach out to more schools at the beginning of Term 2. This will be on a case by case basis.

 

 

 

No. It's fully sponsored by Ciena and the Spark Foundation.

 

No, but students will need a parent or guardian’s signature when they sign up.

Skinny Jump is available nationwide through a network of partners. The best way to sign up is to contact your nearest Jump provider and make an appointment to sign up for a connection.

Here's a link to a map where you can find your nearest Jump partner. skinny.co.nz/jump

Skinny Jump is an affordable broadband solution for homes who don't currently have access to broadband. Our network of Decile 1 school partners will work with their families on a case by case basis. They'll determine if there's financial hardship and if the Ciena Jump for Students fund is suitable for them. 

Jump is an affordable broadband solution for homes that don't currently have access to broadband. The Ciena Jump for Students fund is administered on a household rather than per student basis. This means each household without broadband at home will be offered a free modem through the Ciena Jump for Students fund. Schools will work with families on a case by case basis. They'll determine if there's financial hardship and if the Ciena Jump for Students Fund is suitable for them.  

Skinny Jump is an affordable broadband solution and we want to make sure this service is affordable for users. We also recognise that some households are larger than others and need more data.

The purpose of the Ciena Jump for Students fund is to make sure students can learn at home. Activity like online gaming and streaming videos can burn through data. Skinny Jump wasn’t created for this kind of activity. For households who need more than 150GB a month, Skinny Jump may not be the right option.

The Ciena Jump for Students Fund is currently on offer until December 2021. From January 2022 students have two options. They can move to our standard Skinny Jump plan. Or to a commercial broadband plan with any internet service provider of their choosing.

Skinny Jump is prepaid and has no contract. It costs $5 for 30GB, up to a maximum of 150GB for $30 per month.

We have to consider the network capacity in your area to make sure all Skinny customers get the best service possible. We're sorry that you can't get Skinny Jump right now, but as we expand our network we’ll update our eligibility maps. So if your location isn't eligible right now, keep an eye out for updates.

Skinny will share information with your school on the following:

  • Whether or not you've connected your modem
  • How much data is being used (but not what you're using it for)
  • If your modem hasn't been used for a long period of time
  • Troubleshooting for returns

Skinny will also report at a high level to your school, in a way that doesn't identify you. For example, the percentage of students who've connected their modems, or the percentage that are using more than a certain amount of data each month.  

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