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. 

If you would like to learn more information on how you can help CLICK HERE.

If you would like to become apart of our "Harold Club" CLICK HERE.

If you are interested in becoming a Corporate Partner CLICK HERE. 

Our sponsors and supporters

A huge thank you to our local sponsors and supporters without whose generosity and support we would be unable to bring Harold and his life lessons to the children of Canterbury.

Life Education Duck Race 2019

Thanks so much for all your support with our Life Education Duck Race for 2019, what a great day it has been in the sunshine! Here are our official results for 2019:

Harold's Schools Duck Race
1st Place - Ararira Springs Primary
2nd - Riccarton Primary School
3rd - St Bernadette's School

Harold's Corporate Duck Race
1st - Mitre 10 Mega Papanui
2nd - Mitton Electronet
3rd - Vbase
Best Dressed Duck - RJ Preston Ltd

Harold's Great Duck Race
1st - #560 Brenda Abernethy
2nd - #847 Daniel Wright
3rd - #550 Chris Rodd

Well done to everyone for supporting and taking part in our Duck Race, we certainly appreciate your help in supporting our programme delivery in Canterbury. Bring on next year!

Our Educators

Siobhan Cummings

Siobhan originally planned on a career in Science and obtained a Masters in Biology. However, after working with primary aged children and seeing their wonder and enthusiasm for learning she changed course to Primary Teaching. The wonder created when children learn something new and understand themselves and the world better is what she is most passionate about in teaching. While working as a classroom teacher I have taught Y2-8 at a variety of schools which has given me a broad base of experience for teaching with Life Education.

Lou Kidd

Lou is English, and moved to New Zealand 15 years ago now. She lives in Lincoln with her police officer husband Paul, and two children Jack and Georgia. Lou has taught from year 0-6 in the classroom, in both a large city and small rural schools. In previous roles she has held management positions as a team leader, leader of Māori, and leader of IT.

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."


Contact details

General enquiries:   
Community Engagement Manager: Andy Gray,
Chairperson: Dean Percy,

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