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Ngā Uara | Our Values

Mā te whiritahi, ka whakatutuki ai ngā pūmanawa a tangata
Together weaving the realization of potential

Whanaungatanga Relationships

  • We care for and value our relationships with tamariki, their whānau and staff.
  • We value and foster diversity.
  • We understand that every tamariki is unique, needs acceptance and respect to develop to their full potential.

Whakapono Trust

  • We build relationships on trust and mutual respect.

Nga Tūhono Partnership

  • We foster collaboration to build partnerships by listening and working together with effective communication.

We help your children reach their potential

We are very thankful for the continued support from Beckenham Te Kura o Pūroto School.  We are fully approved by the Ministry of Social Development as a registered provider. Provider ID 8633.

BOSCO is a not-for-profit organisation and encourages active whānau participation. Please contact us to talk with our Programme Leader for further information.

Meet our incredible team

Juanita – Programme Leader

Hi, my name is Juanita. I started working for BOSCO in February 2017. I am married to Jake – he is a Site Supervisor and works in construction. We have a 17-year-old son Juan who works and lives on a dairy farm.  We are from South Africa but already feel very much at home here in Christchurch. I graduated from University with a B.Ed degree and have since then been teaching. I have 15 years International teaching experience in ages ranging from 3 to 18 years. I have teaching experience in England, South Africa, and Taiwan. This helped me to learn about and adapt to different cultures, environments, and languages. I have gained lots of experience over the years and this helps me to manage and handle children with challenging behaviours. I also have experience in
special needs children as I worked at a special needs school in South Africa.

I love working with children and to help them reach their full potential, this is my absolute number one passion! I enjoy spending time with my family and friends in my free time. A good BBQ, watching rugby and movies are among my favourite things to do. We live on a lifestyle block so spending time with our animals is also one of my best ways to relax.

Training & Qualifications –

Comprehensive First aid (renewed every 2 years), Child Protection, Dealing with challenging behaviour, New to OSCAR, Safe Food Handling (Food Safety Act 2014), Children with Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Child Development, Preparing your emergency Plan, Health and Safety, Water Safety, Vulnerable Children's Act in an OSCAR Setting, Challenging behaviours in children 10+, Cultural awareness and Treaty of Waitangi, De-escalation, Vulnerable Children’s Act, Anaphylactic training (use of epi pens), Keeping your cool – everyday discipline and challenging behaviours.

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out of school care, before school programme, after school programme, photo of the assistant supervisor

Janelle – Assistant Supervisor

Hi, my name is Janelle.  I started working for BOSCO in October 2019. I graduated from Aoraki Polytechnic with a diploma in Beauty Therapy and Epilation. Before working at BOSCO I worked as a boarding house weekend manager which is where I realised that working with children is what I love doing. In my spare time I like spending time with my family, reading, walking my dog Buttons, travelling and exploring new places.

Training & Qualifications –

I have completed a comprehensive first aid course which is renewed every two years. I have completed Child Protection training, Health and Safety Induction and Strategies for Challenging Behaviours in Children 10+ Years.

Fernanda Serraglia – Assistant

Hi, my name is Fernanda. I started working for BOSCO in January 2022. I am married to Leo. We are from Brazil but we feel at home here in Christchurch.

I have a Diploma in Education and I love working with children. I enjoy spending time with my husband, my little dog Yasmin and friends. Travelling, reading and watching movies are among my favourite things to do.

out of school care, before school programme, after school programme, photo of the assistant
out of school care, before school programme, after school programme, photo of the assistant

Emily Keenan – Assistant

Hi, I’m Emily, I’m studying to be an early childhood teacher at Ara while I work part-time here at BOSCO. I come from a big family and have been surrounded by children my whole life and love working with them. 

In my spare time I keep myself busy running a small candle business, taking my dogs for walks and spending my free time with my friends.

Maisy Bowden – Assistant

Hi my name is Maisy, in my spare time I love to hang out with my friends and to go surfing at Sumner beach, I also enjoy catching up with family as it is very important to me and we are very close, I enjoy walking my dog Elsie at the dog park. I’m my spare time I also like to go to the gym or go on walks up the hills to see the views with some of my friends.

out of school care, before school programme, after school programme, photo of the assistant
out of school care, before school programme, after school programme, photo of the administrator

Mani Arikirevula – Admin

Hi, my name is Mani Ramya. I started working for BOSCO in June 2021. I graduated from University with a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Engineering. Before working for BOSCO, I gained 2 years experience in office administration working on Xero, Accounting and SmartPayroll. My enthusiasm and background in technology helps me handle technical stuff efficiently and learn new skills.

I am married to Harish and together we have a one year old baby, Arohi. We are from India and have been living in Christchurch since 2014 and we already call it our home. I love working for BOSCO alongside Juanita, helping her with accounts and admin work. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my friends, trekking with my family and reading books.

Our Management Board

BOSCO is managed by a voluntary Management Board of whānau, past and present. We meet on a Monday of each month in the BOSCO room from 6pm, childcare and dinner are provided for tamariki during this time. We encourage active whānau participation.

Interested in supporting our programmes in ways other than joining our committee? We also really appreciate whānau support in other ways, such as donating craft supplies, and assisting with your skill sets (e.g. electrical, plumbing etc.) Please contact our Programme Leader Juanita for further information or to join at office@bosco.org.nz

Treasurer –

Rachael Reedy
Email: treasurer@bosco.org.nz

Chairperson –

Michelle Cross
Email: chairperson@bosco.org.nz

Committee Members –

Eion Greig (Secretary)
Vanessa Hobby
Caroline McKean
Melissa Hurst
Caroline Cameron