Buddy, our school dog, is a Cockapoo and is only 9 weeks old. His name was chosen from a vote in school; Buddy won. He arrived on the 13th June, he was introduced to all of the children by Mrs Hodgson (our Head teacher) in the afternoon. He lives with our nursery teacher, Mrs Smith, on a night and weekends. During school time, he will be based in Mrs Hodgson’s office/nurture room.
What type of dog is Buddy?
Buddy is a Cockapoo (a mix of Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle.) Buddy is a hypoallergic dog, which means he has low allergy and non-shedding qualities.
Why have a school dog?
A Year 5 pupil was heard to say, “He is one of the best things that has happened to the school………. he is a mini mascot.”
There were many reasons why we decided to have a school dog:
- He calms students.
- Improves attendance, behaviour and responsibility;
- Helps children to build confidence and teaches children to nurture and respect life.
- If a new person joins the school, and they want a friend, Buddy can be there for them.
- He helps reduce stress and anxiety.
- He encourages respect, which will improve pupils’ relationships with others, parents and teachers.
- He helps motivate pupils to think and to learn.
- Children can read to him to build confidence.
How will Buddy spend his day?
Buddy will move around the school to help support learning (please see Buddy’s blog). When he is not busy, he will rest in the school office.