Canterbury

Overview

Life Education began in Christchurch in 1988 in a static classroom and has evolved to operate three mobile classrooms with four qualified Life Education Educators.

Life Education Trust Canterbury delivers the Life Education programme as far as the Hurunui District through to the Rakaia Region, and reaches up to 20,000 children each year in 80 different primary and intermediate schools in Canterbury.

Being a health resource, Life Education takes children on a journey through five subject strands; self-esteem, food and nutrition, body knowledge, social relationships and substances. Exploring these strands helps them to understand the wonder of their own bodies, and how best to take care of them. We have been active for 30 years, which has given us a proud history in the community and helped our programmes to become respected in the education sector.

Our Trust relies mostly on fundraising activities to deliver the programme in the Canterbury Community each year. We have a number of supporters that help us who are instrumental in our service delivery including our trucking partners who move our classrooms around each school; NZ Express Transport, Hilton Haulage, PBT, Frews, Peter Fletcher Transport, Martin Bruce, Transport Rangiora, Ellesmere Transport and TMC.

Our Educators

Keri Dekkers

Keri has been teaching for over 23 years from Year 3-8. Both private and state schools, in both New Zealand and the UK. Keri has a varied educational career in; school leadership roles, specialist in the performing arts, and gifted and talented education.

Keri lives in Rolleston, Canterbury with her husband, also a teacher, dog and two cats. She loves to travel and is now enjoying exploring the beauty of New Zealand.

"Teaching is not just a career it is a calling. Working with children every day is a great privilege, especially through Health Education. I love being able to provide children with tools that help them deal with problems they are facing and help them understand more about themselves and their growing bodies."

Lauren Janata

Lauren is excited to be the new dedicated North Canterbury Life Education Educator. Working for Life Ed is something that she has wanted to do for a long time. As a teacher she often used Life Ed, and was able to see the positive impact lessons had on students. The children gained so much knowledge and wonderment in the human body and they also loved seeing Harold and hearing his jokes! 

Lauren taught for several years in Auckland before moving back to her home town of Christchurch. Lauren has background in Physical Education and Public Health and has always wanted to combine these passions with teaching. Lauren believes the health, physical and mental wellbeing of our young people is extremely important. She is excited to be able to make a difference in these young people’s lives.

Lauren lives with her husband Robin and their two children, Madeline and Hugo. In her spare time, she enjoys running, coffee and hanging out at playgrounds with her children. 

Jo Atkinson

Jo has been teaching for 20 years in Christchurch Primary Schools. She has taught from year 0-8 during this time. Finally settling into a leadership role at her previous school. Prior to moving into education, Jo was nursing in a private hospital in Christchurch. Working for Life Education Trust enables her to work within her two passions, education and health. Jo considers Life Education her dream job and is very excited to join the team.

Jo is married to Dave and they have two sons, Luke 16 and Oliver 12. They also have two cats and two naughty Miniature Dachshund puppies, who rule their home. In their spare holiday time they travel around NZ in a purpose built bus, exploring, fishing and enjoying all the beauty that is our stunning country.

Ange Tutt

Ange has been a Primary classroom teacher for 20+ years, teaching in a variety of Canterbury schools, across all year levels.
She trained in 2014 as an International Baccalaureate Educator and has taught inquiry based learning through the Primary Years Programme.
Ange has a love for teaching in a fun, creative and engaging way, that inspires learners to be active participants in her lessons. In the mobile classroom, she looks forward to hanging out with Harold each day and hearing his cheeky jokes and banter!
Ange is passionate about wellbeing and resilience and loves making a difference to the lives of tamariki and rangatahi.

Ange lives in Christchurch with her husband Nathan, two teenage children and her much loved Labrador Floyd.

Contact details

General enquiries: [email protected]   
Community Engagement Manager: Andy Gray, [email protected]
Chairperson: Dean Percy, [email protected]

For booking enquiries:
For Christchurch and North Canterbury please contact Ange Tutt [email protected] or Jo Atkinson  [email protected]

For Selwyn please contact Keri Dekkers [email protected]