Mental Health and Well-being
As a school we value the well-being of all children and work hard to ensure that we are able to support all of our children to be resilient and confident young people, who are able to achieve to the best of their abilities. As part of our commitment to the children we are constantly evaluating our practice and looking at further ways to support every child in school.
We have done extensive research in to the benefits a dog may bring. Research shows that a school dog can increase confidence, improve attendance, reduce stress and anxiety, improve behaviour and develop responsibility and empathy in children.
As a result of our research, we would like to introduce our federation dog Ziggy. Ziggy is an black Labrador puppy. He resides with his owner Miss Russell our school and federation SENCO
We have chosen a Labrador for their excellent temperament with adults and children and ability to be easily trained.
The safety of the pupils and staff is a key priority and we are committed to ensure that Ziggy has the best training to ensure he is able to do his 'job' safely and effectively. Ziggy has been trained by the 'Dog Mentor' company. He received on-site and off-site training to ensure he was fully prepared for his life as a school dog.
When Ziggy has completed his training he will work at St Luke's on Mondays and Tuesdays and SS Peter and Paul on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
We are very excited to have Ziggy join our team, but we understand
you may have some questions. Please click on the link to find out further information regarding Ziggy and SS Peter and Paul.
I fully appreciate there may be some children, parents and staff who do not wish, or are not able to be involved with the school dog. If for any reason you, you wish for your child not to be involved with him, please contact the school office to let them know. If you would like to discuss your concerns regarding your child working with Ziggy, we are happy to have a conversation with you.
We will keep you updated with Ziggy's training and journey to become Our Blessed Saints Federation dog.