New face at BOOST


The BOOST literacy programme is welcoming a new manager in 2022.

Current manager Judith Sommerville is seeking a change of direction and is handing over the reins to Helen Breach.

Mrs Breach will start the full time position at the start of 2022 leaving her current job as acting principal at Our Lady of the Snows School.

The Ashburton Learning Centre overseas the BOOST programme and manager Mary Philip said BOOST is unique to Mid Canterbury.

“There is nothing like this anywhere else in New Zealand.”

As well as supporting literacy in children the BOOST programme can help to recognise any learning difficulties children may have.

“We deal with leaning difficulties known as the Ashburton Learning Centre, and we are in the process of obtaining the Dyslexia friendly quality mark,” Mrs Philip said.

Mrs Breach has a degree in English language and linguists and has been a primary school teacher for eighteen years.

“I have always had a passion for literacy and learning, I’m up for a new challenge and can stay in education which is awesome, and I just think this programme is fantastic.

“I have to say it is amazing to have 60 plus volunteers in 19 schools, it’s really big, and acknowledging Judith Summerville’s work over the years, she has been incredible.

“It is great that Advance Ashburton and the Mackenzie Charitable Foundation equally fund this programme, to ensure no-one falls through the net,” Mrs Breach said.

By Daniel Tobin