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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. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Training, Understanding Gender Diversity, Keeping your cool, Challenging Behaviours, Managing Big Emotions. Professional Development, Who's in Control? Behaviour  Guidance in OSCAR, Staff Management in OSCAR, Safe OSCAR: Supervision and Safety essentials.

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Sam Kearns – Assistant 

Hi, my name is Sam.  I started working for BOSCO in December 2022. During the summer I enjoy playing cricket and I am a keen musician. I am in my second year of studying to be a Primary School teacher. I am originally from England, but Christchurch has been my home for the past 5 years now and I am loving it and being a part of the BOSCO family.

Training & Qualifications –

Training and Qualifications -

Comprehensive First Aid Certificate (renewed every 2 years) and Child Protection Module 1 & 2. 

Jazmin Anderson – Assistant

Hi, my name is Jazmin. I started working for BOSCO in April 2023. I am originally from the West Coast but enjoy my life in Christchurch. I am in my second year of my Teaching Degree and am loving it. I volunteer at St Johns and I spend most of my time studying or working. 

Training & Qualifications –

Comprehensive First Aid Certificate (renewed every 2 years) and  Child Protection Module 1 & 2.

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Maisy Bowden – Assistant Supervisor

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.

Training & Qualifications –

Comprehensive First aid (renewed every 2 years), Child Protection Module 1 & 2 and Professional Development, Who's in Control? Working with Children in groups. Behaviour Guidance in OSCAR, Safe OSCAR: Supervision and Safety essentials. 

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Emily Keenan - Assistant 

Hi my name is Emily. I started working at BOSCO in March 2022. I am currently studying to be an early childhood teacher. I have a small business making soaps and candles. In my free time I enjoy taking my dogs, and cat, for walks. 

Training and Qualifications -  

Comprehensive First Aid Certificate (renewed every 2 years) and Child Protection Module 1 & 2

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 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 –

Charlie Batchelor
Email: treasurer@bosco.org.nz

Chairperson –

Matthew Darwent
Email: chairperson@bosco.org.nz

Committee Members –

Caroline McKean (Secretary)
Christelle Burger
Amy Langbridge
Melissa Hurst