We are getting school dogs! As you know we have been having Dudley the Dog in school on Wednesday afternoons to hear readers since October 2017. This has been a huge success and has greatly increased the excitement about reading! With this in mind we are going to introduce two school therapy dogs to IVJS. Ralph and Hugo are two small Maltese/Lhasa Apso dogs (hypoallergenic breeds so do not cause allergic reactions) which are 4 and 5 years old respectively. They have very calm and relaxed temperaments which we believe are well suited to life at our school.
As we have discovered from talking to other schools there are many potential benefits to having a school dog and we believe it will have a positive impact on various aspects of school life. Numerous research studies have shown the benefits of therapy dogs in schools. Therapy dogs have been working in schools across the UK for many years and are becoming increasingly more common as a result of the broad-ranging benefits achieved.
You can read the full letter with permission slip (sent as a paper copy with children) to interact with Hugo and Ralph by clicking on the letter and you can find both the school's risk assessment and Hugo and Ralph's fact file which includes guidelines on behaviour around the dogs that children and staff must follow.
This is where we'll post all school news and updates. If you require paper copies of any information on our website then please contact Miss Lainsbury in our school reception.